Add choosing between whether to star at LSU or Alabama to the list of things one eighth grader now has to worry about.
AL.com reports the pressure and hype usually relegated to those who are actually about to play college football has recently been bestowed upon 14-year-old Dylan Moses.
Alabama just concluded its Crimson Tide Junior Day and offered a number of scholarships to the budding young stars in attendance.
Moses is ecstatic to have been offered one of the scholarships but is not, as the report notes, a junior. Instead, the young phenom, who excels at running back and also plays linebacker, is an eighth grader about to make the leap to University Lab High School.
The intriguing part is Moses will be headed to a high school that is reportedly very close to LSU's Tiger Stadium. It was just last year that Moses apparently received an offer from the Tigers after participating in their youth football camps over the past five years.
It was at that time that the 6'1", 215-pound eighth grader delighted coaches by posting a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical.
According to AL.com, Moses' father, Edward Moses Jr., explained just how bizarre and wholly exciting the ordeal has been:
We got the invitation to come to Alabama's Junior Day a few weeks ago and to be honest we were kind of surprised. When we got there, Coach (Burton) Burns took us around and introduced us to the entire coaching staff and they all seemed very interested in Dylan. They treated him like a five-star recruit.
We met with Coach Saban after lunch and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player. When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant...
The coach didn't mince words, stating Moses could be the star of the 2017 class and he wants to be the one to coach him.
Now comes one tremendous conundrum for the Moses family. As Edward notes, both schools are great at developing running backs, as well as defensive backs, so his son should be in good hands either way.
Of course, the real issue here—and the thing that might worry sports fans being hit with the realization recruitment is now taking place far before we once thought—is the enormous pressure placed on such a young athlete.
Thankfully, it sounds like dad is not about to lump an enormous task on his son's shoulders. At least not right away:
We aren't putting any pressure on him with the recruiting process right now. I think the fact that this is happening so early for him is helping him mature a little quicker than most 14 year-olds would and I think that's probably a good thing for him. Right now, all Dylan really knows is that LSU and Alabama are his favorites and he's going to spend the next few years focusing on becoming the best player he can be. I don't think he feels any need to rush his decision.
We can now sit back and contemplate the age-old question: Where does it end?
You can almost extrapolate what is really just some ridiculous prospecting to now include middle-school kids whose dreams are as consistent as NBA-postgame fashion choices.
We are certainly happy for Moses in that he's being given the chance at a great education and amazing opportunities on the field.
I just wonder if we might wait until the kid actually gets to high school before considering how amazing he will be in college.
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