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    LSU gives 8th grader a Scholarship

    Last week, a hopeful prospect showed up at LSU's July football camp. He posted an impressive 4.46 40-yard dash, and he earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers' coaching staff for his efforts.

    It's a scene that plays out on college campuses every single summer, although this offer was different for one main reason -- Dylan Moses has yet to start eighth grade.

    Considering the Tigers are only just starting to hand out offers to members of the Class of 2014, it came as a bit surprise for a 2017 prospect to get one.

    "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 is a dream for Moses, it was also a dream for his father, Edward Moses -- albeit not one he expected to come true so soon. When the Tigers' staff approached him about offering Dylan a scholarship, the plan seemed too good to be true.

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    "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."

    Much has been made of the offer since word got out the Tigers were interested in a soon-to-be eighth grader. Indeed, even if he accepted the offer, Dylan Moses couldn't officially sign with LSU for another five years.

    His workout numbers certainly don't reflect that youth. In addition to the blistering 40 time, the 6-foot, 205-pound middle schooler posted a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches and a 34-inch vertical leap. Impressive as they were, the latter two weren't so surprising to his father.

    "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."


    The trip to LSU's camp wasn't even supposed to be a significant one. Dylan said he's been attending camps on campus since he was 10 years old.

    "He runs track right now, and the week of that camp was his break week. So we just took that weekend to go to the camp so he could participate in the drill," Edward Moses said. "I just thought it was going to be another trip to LSU camp and then back to track."

    Despite being good enough to earn a scholarship offer to LSU, Dylan won't be old enough to play varsity this fall at LSU Laboratory School, located on the university's campus. Instead, the Tigers' youngest target will play eighth grade football.

    But with a long road ahead, both father and son acknowledged it's a step in the right direction.

    "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."

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    NCAA needs to intervene in this situation... It's been going on for a few year actually... If they, the NCAA, truly cares about protecting the "amateurism" of collegiate sports, these youth recruitments have to stop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonJET View Post
    NCAA needs to intervene in this situation... It's been going on for a few year actually... If they, the NCAA, truly cares about protecting the "amateurism" of collegiate sports, these youth recruitments have to stop...
    but its been a dream of his since he was a kid
    "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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TokyoJetsFan View Post
    but its been a dream of his since he was a kid
    "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."
    maybe he meant, since I was the size of a kid.

    Quote Originally Posted by TokyoJetsFan View Post
    In addition to the blistering 40 time, the 6-foot, 205-pound middle schooler posted a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches and a 34-inch vertical leap.

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    Stupid me - I thought this was going to be about an academic scholarship. This is even more ridiculous.

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    I don't see anything wrong with this. Good for him and good for his family.

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    organized youth sports. bad.

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    Never played a down in HS and this? How many good players have many of us seen in grade school and even 9th/10th and then zippo.
    Isn't talking to players illegal prior to 11th grade? used to be. Was with my kids.

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    So in the same week the NCAA sanctions of Penn state are designed to "send a message to the culture of football" LSU is offering football scholarships to kids the same age Sandusky was abusing.

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    I just don't know why the big programs just don't leave the NCAA - then they wouldn't have to follow any guidelines....

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