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Alabama Crimson Tide’s Nick Saban Offers Scholarship to Eighth-Grader

 

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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has lost his damn mind.

It is being reported that Saban has offered a scholarship to an eighth-grader who would be a member of the class of 2017. You could call that advanced preparations for the distant future. I call it down right foolish.

Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge, LA may be 6’1” tall and weigh 215 pounds in junior high, and he may be a gifted athlete at both running back and linebacker, but to offer a kid who hasn’t even gotten his driver’s license an athletic scholarship is insanity.

The meeting between Saban, Moses, and the boy’s parents took place following a junior day that Alabama hosted last weekend. Moses’ father described the meeting with the coach during which they discussed the youngster’s future goals and said that “fireworks started going off in our heads” when a scholarship deal came up.

An NCAA Football program offering a scholarship to a younger athlete isn’t shocking, but a kid that hasn’t even hit high school seems absurd. Then again this is the SEC and getting a leg up on the competition is a hard advantage to gain. It appears that ‘Bama wasn’t even the first to court Moses and that the LSU Tigers made him an offer last summer. As in after his seventh grade year. As in what in the name of all that is holy is going on in the SEC?

Do I really need to go into the nearly endless list of things that could happen to this kid prior to him graduating high school? I know that no scholarship offer is set in stone, but even hinting at one in a joking/motivating manner with an eighth-grader is about as crazy a notion as there could be in college football. Not to mention the fact that Nick Saban isn’t a joking man, so you have to take this seriously.

Again I have to say that this is nothing new, but still every time another case of a college football program going after a kid this young comes out it blows my mind. If the kid’s parents are smart they will get some kind of legally binding guarantee on this thing and set their son up for a solid education regardless of what happens in his life as a football player.

Nick Saban can win championships like clockwork and can recruit like no other coach in the country, and yes it causes me physical and mental pain to have to admit that, but I can’t help but question this move.

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