Yeah, he’s gonna have some normal teen years.

The best thing about this article isn’t that Nick Saban’s offered an eighth-grader.

Nor is it that LSU has already offered the kid.

It’s not even that he’s attended LSU’s last five youth camps.

Nah, it’s this comment from his dad:  “I don’t think he feels any need to rush his decision.”

It’s times like this I really, really wish college football would adopt Andy Staples’ proposal.

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19 responses to “Yeah, he’s gonna have some normal teen years.

  1. 69Dawg

    This is nothing. I was in The Steg the night Erk Russell offered Bill Stanfield’s unborn child a scholarship to play football for UGA. A scholarship that was subsequently honored 18 years later.Unfortunately he was not as good a player as his old man.

  2. rugbydawg79

    Andy Staples +1

  3. Dog in Fla

    He’s big for a cub.

  4. DawgPhan

    6-1 215 and in the 8th grade? good grief. he looks like a high school kid in that picture.

    • 81Dog

      already 14 in the 8th grade? When does he turn 15? That might explain some of it.

      • gastr1

        Yeah, he’s not 13. I bet that kid has his driver’s license already.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Yeah, and his birthday’s fudged, too. He’s 16 if he’s a day. Held out from starting school on time by his parents for athletic purposes, then flunked 2 grades. Seen it before.

  5. Always Someone Else's Fault

    How about 6’0, 190 in 6th? With first-base hands and soccer feet?

    Kids that size are no longer a rarity in 8th grade. He must be lightning quick.

  6. dawghouse23

    I think they should blow up the entire recruiting process as well. It’s getting way out of hand. What about this: college staffs cannot contact a player at all unless a request is made by the prospect and parents. Then any future contact must be requested by the high school athlete. Of course colleges can refuse the request of any player.

    So let’s say there’s a high school player that thinks he can get a scholarship somewhere playing football. He makes a list of places he wants to go and sends out requests for more information. Then he sends out requests to take visits. Then sends out a request to have a coach visit them in their home. Meanwhile coaches are looking at the kids film and deciding if they want to accept the requests or extend a scholarship offer which the kid can accept anytime. So basically the coaches can only respond and not initiate contact or even send out invitations. Coaches can communicate with high school coaches and make sure that the kids know about events, clinics and such, but the kid has to put in a request to attend any event.

    I don’t know. I haven’t completely thought it through, but it’s dumb that coaches are fighting over a recruits. It’s not good for anybody.

  7. PTC DAWG

    Offerring a kid in Junior High…just ridiculous…

  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    As we all know, Nick Saban’s word is like oak, and the kid is assured of four years on the Alabama squad. You can count on it.

  9. 69Dawg

    Kids are getting enough growth hormones from McDonalds I guess. It sure isn’t the school lunch program.

  10. charlottedawg

    If we had a full time recruiting coordinator, we would’ve offered that kid first, dammit!

  11. G Marmalarde

    Reminds me of my middle school football days . I was about 135 and was 13 yo in 8th grade. Some of the guys we played against had full beards. I think one of the Atlanta schools we played sacked our qb on every play.

  12. Macallanlover

    Borderline pedophilia to me. If the NCAA had any ability to implement meaningful reugulations they could set a national standard with minimum grade levels for contact, say the beginning of the Junior year of HS, or Sophomore. Thus just begins an arms race well before the student is capable of making informed decisions. Let them learn to study, or obey authority first.

  13. JAX

    So what grade is he in? 8th or 9th?

    “Edward Moses said his son caught the attention of Alabama thanks to a highlight film that began circulating after his remarkable 8th-grade season, in which he starred at both running back and linebacker.”

    Regardless, he’s a big kid for his age unless he’s older than the other kids b/c he did “progress” through school like the others. Either way, his size and speed will be muted by the time he’s a junior/senior. Look at some of the kids in the video, they look like 4th graders – hell anyone his size could run like that. This won’t always be the case.

    And yes I wish the worst on Alabama and Nick Saban. Hell with them.