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Kentucky Wildcats Offer Football Scholarship to 13-Year-Old

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 3, 2017

Jairus Brents has received an offer to play college football for Kentucky. He's 13 years old.

You didn't read that wrong and, no, it's not a typo. 

Brents has received a Division I scholarship to play SEC football, and he's a seventh grader.

Jared Shanker of ESPN.com reports on the offer:

Kentucky offered a scholarship to seventh grader Jairus Brents on Thursday after the 13-year-old participated in a football camp at the university this past weekend.

While the offer might cause shockwaves across the college football and recruiting platforms, it is not much reason for celebration for Brents, a Class of 2018 cornerback from Indiana.

"It's not a big deal. It's just an offer," Brents said.

"It's a good accomplishment, but I'm focusing on being the best cornerback ever and working hard."

Talk about nonchalant answers.

For what it's worth, Brents is trained by his godfather, Chris Vaughn, who had this to say about his talents, per Shanker:

Brents is already light years ahead of Class of 2013 prospects James Quick and Jason Hatcher, Vaughn said. Brents and Quick have competed head-to-head several times during workouts.

"It's not even close. [Brents] is a different breed of kid. He's super competitive," Vaughn said. "He expects to win every route. He's one of those kids who lights up the competition. Jairus is the best skill kid in the state right now."

Brent plays cornerback, and according to Shanker's report, the seventh grader intercepted three passes at the Kentucky camp while competing against 2014 receivers. 

This may seem like bizarro world, but this is becoming the norm in college football recruiting.

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Ole Miss and UCLA already have made offers to eighth grader Dylan Moses, who looks like he should already be playing in the NFL. And, as Shanker points out, Brents isn't even the first seventh grader to receive a scholarship offer.

Quarterback David Sills was in seventh grade when USC made him an offer he couldn't refuse in 2010. He's still committed to the Trojans, though his signing day won't be until February 2015.

Please note that colleges can't make written offers until a recruit's senior year, but they can indeed make verbal offers, so this is all fair game.

Should it be, though?

That's a question that needs to be examined.

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