LSU Football: No Problem with LSU Offering a Full Ride to a Middle-Schooler

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 26, 2012

LSU head coach Les Miles.
LSU head coach Les Miles.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

LSU head coach Les Miles is always good for an offseason storyline or two, and "The Mad Hatter" delivered with flying colors on Wednesday afternoon.

David Helman of (h/t ESPN) reported that Miles and his staff have offered a scholarship to 6'0", 205-pound speedster Dylan Moses. Moses recently wowed coaches at LSU's camp by posting a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical.

Not shocking, right?

Moses certainly has the size and speed to be a threat at the college level at a variety of positions, so earning an offer from LSU shouldn't be a surprise.

Until you learn that Moses is going into eighth grade.

First of all, he's one huge eighth-grader. Can you imagine him playing middle school football with those measurables? Goodness.

Secondly, don't knock Les Miles for offering a scholarship to an eighth-grader. Moses' athleticism warrants an offer. With that combination of size and speed, there is a place for him at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.

That's not to say that he can play at that level now. Surely he has maturing to do on and off the field and will learn more and more about the game as he progress through high school.

But offering him a scholarship now isn't that much of a risk. He's more likely to get better than worse, and getting on his good side before anyone else in the SEC will certainly help LSU's chances if he develops into a star recruit in a couple of years.