There is nothing better than the carefree lifestyle of a teenager. Let me help you recount the glory days of a young 14-year-old.
For some, it is a stepping stone toward becoming a man. But for most of us, that stinging age was a time when we were really stuck between a rock and a hard place. We weren’t old enough to drive, so what better than some spontaneous neighborhood street hockey, flashlight tag, getting loaded on candy and staying up all night?
Those were the days.
Now, step into the mind of a mature 14-year-old and the story is drastically different. Just ask Dylan Moses.
The soon-to-be eighth-grader recently was awarded some prestigious limelight as he impressed his hometown scouts of Baton Rouge, La., in LSU's annual star-studded football camp.
Grooming kids for collegiate sports usually begins around the peak ages of their second and third years in high-school. But that is not what the No. 1-ranked football university had in mind when they saw Moses.
They didn't need to look far to find the future heart of their defense.
A diamond in the rough? Hardly. Moses simply isolated himself from his competition by displaying his ungodly talent.
The LSU coaching staff threw the best athletes in the camp at him, and he defended against them all with grace. When his defensive drills topped off, he jumped into the ball carrier role and fulfilled his offensive duties just as effectively. His unique versatility is uncharted for his age.
Les Miles’ phone was jumping off the hook—you heard that correctly. Moses was offered a scholarship to the mecca of college football at the ripe age of 14 (per ESPN).
Moses is a member of the class of 2017 and will not be able to play for another 60 months.
He stands at 6’0’’ and weighs 205 lbs. If those numbers aren’t frightening enough, the kid posted a 4.640-yard dash. What are they feeding this physical specimen?
The offer is in no way a binding contract until he is a senior, but a remarkable recognition, to say the least.
Who is to say the mounting pressure to perform won’t stifle his overall passion for the game. Or what if he gets tripped up in an alternative lifestyle that blinds him from pursuing a football career? The threatening possibilities are endless.
Let us just sit back and watch the future YouTube sensation's career unfold.
As an aside, I have several family ties to my home institution, the University of Arizona. After voyaging to the desert to watch numerous accounts of athletic contests, I was hooked.
From the crowd noises to the rhythmic flow of the marching band, and to the overall spirited atmosphere, I knew that there was no other place I would rather spend my four years.
LSU made a lasting impression on Moses, and I believe that he feels the same way as I did about becoming a Wildcat.
Will he be the next LeBron James or Bryce Harper of his sport? For starters, it sounds like a Sports Illustrated cover is well under way.
Although he may act like an immature teen away from the turf, he sure doesn’t play like one.
Let the Moses countdown begin.