286-Pound 8th Grade Prospect Jaheim Oatis Offered Scholarships by Alabama, More

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2017

The stands at Bryant Denny stadium are occupied during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Alabama and Texas A&M, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Jaheim Oatis hasn't even finished middle school yet, but he's already apparently on the radar of a handful of major college football programs.

On Friday, Oatis tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Alabama Crimson Tide uniform and wrote that he has scholarship offers from Alabama, the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs:

At 6'4" and 286 pounds, Oatis is physically unlike almost any other middle-schooler in the country. He tweeted in June that he had been clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and Sunday, he shared a video of himself working out at Ole Miss:

It's not uncommon for college football teams to offer scholarships to players who have yet to reach high school, and some programs have gone to extremes to grab attention in the arms race that is college football recruiting.

Titan Lacaden, a quarterback in the fifth grade, received a scholarship offer from the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. That came shortly after the Florida Atlantic Owls offered a scholarship to Kaden Martin, the 13-year-old son of former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback and current USC Trojans offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Tee Martin.

Given that, it's not surprising Oatis already has three offers. If and when the time comes for him to decide where he'll play football at the next level, he'll likely have his pick of almost any top program in the country.