At first it looks like another outrageous story from the unsavory annals of big-time college football recruiting: Alabama has offered a scholarship to an eighth-grader.
Where will it all end? If middle-school kids are being wooed by SEC powerhouses, will precocious fifth-graders with muscles be next?
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Then, what, third-graders who like to smack into other kids on the playground?
Except it turns out Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are probably making a smart move here.
For one thing, the eighth-grader in question, Dylan Moses, looks more like, oh, Bernard Pollard, than he does a kid who might still be trick-or-treating.
He’s 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. And he runs and hits like a freight train. When you watch him in action on the football field -- where he plays running back and linebacker and probably wherever he wants -- you can see he’s a man among boys.
Why wouldn’t ‘Bama want to lock up a prodigy like that?
Apparently Alabama isn’t the only school to think Moses is worth a flyer, either. LSU also offered the kid from Baton Rouge, La., a scholarship last summer, presumably only days after his seventh-grade school picnic.
From all reported accounts, Dylan’s family is trying to keep the kid grounded in the wake of this move by the defending national champions. And no one is saying Dylan will definitely be going to Alabama as part of the class of 2017 – the kid will likely have offers from dozens of schools by then.
But the wooing of Dylan Moses is definitely a sign of things to come.
We can rail about it all we want. But if you’re projected to be big enough and fast enough and strong enough to play college football at the highest level, schools will come knocking on your door – no matter how old you are.