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LSU Tigers Offer 8th Grader Dylan Moses Scholarship

The LSU Tigers only just started to make offers to the class 0f 2014, so a solid addition to their class of 2017 is just playing with house money.

Dylan Moses was just as shocked as any after he showed up to LSU’s July football camp and was made a scholarship offer after posting a 4.46 40 yard dash time.

“I was kind of shocked when I first heard it — it was a dream come true,” Moses, 14, said. “I’ve always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid, and now it’s coming true in front of my eyes.”

If it was a dream for Moses, then it probably was also a dream for his father, Edward Moses. Edward definitely did not think it would all happen so soon, and he thought the LSU coaching staff was joking when they first brought it up.

“The coaches told me they were offering — and they were serious. I thought they were playing,” Edward Moses said. “Really, I thought that they were joking around until I saw the serious look on their faces. So I rolled with it. Let’s see where it’s going to end up.”

A lot of press has been made about the offer, even though Moses cannot sign a letter of intent for another 5 years. Moses’ father wasn’t surprised by anything his son did except for the 40 yard dash time.

“I already knew that he could jump the 34-inch vertical, and we were actually working toward 9 feet in the broad jump. I didn’t think it was going to come then, but I felt it coming,” Edward Moses said. “The 40 — that blew me away. I wasn’t expecting a 4.46 40-yard dash.”

Stephen A. Smith said on FirstTake this morning that he thinks “it’s disgusting, disgraceful, and a stop needs to put to this.”

They also mentioned on FirstTake that an age restriction needs to be added to college recruiting.

But you cannot blame Moses and his father for hearing out the LSU coaching staff, and they are taking it as a good sign for the hard work that Dylan has put it.

“It means that all my hard work is paying off. All the two-a-days and practices from when I was six on up, it’s paying off right now,” Dylan Moses said.

Said Edward: “It’s a matter of continuing to develop toward that point. Because Lord only knows where we’re going to wind up at the end.”

It does seem absurd to me to make a scholarship offer to a boy who cannot even commit officially to the school for another 5 years. Moses, though, said it has always been his dream to play for LSU; LSU is playing under what the current rules are and locking up a kid early in the process could conceivably be a way to get a step up on the competition.