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Thursday, June 13, 2013
UK offers scholarship to seventh grader

By Edward Aschoff


Kentucky's coaching staff is getting in on all of the recruiting fun. Mark Stoops has been crushing it on the recruiting trail since he took over last winter with his strong finish to the 2013 class and fast start with his 2014 class.

So why not get an early jump on the 2018 class?

Plenty of other schools have started to recruit younger and younger players, so Kentucky's staff got in on the action Thursday when it verbally offered 13-year-old Jairus Brents.

The seventh grade cornerback from Indiana was offered by the Wildcats' staff after he participated in a football camp on Kentucky's campus over the weekend.

"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."

Well, it's good that he's keeping his head on straight. The last thing you'd want is one of these guys letting an offer like this go straight to his head and inflating his ego. Maybe it will serve as a motivator once he gets to the high-school level.

Brents certainly isn't the first middle schooler to be offered, and he won't be the last. It's a little crazy to think that college staffs are going after kids that haven't even registered for high school courses, but such is life in the recruiting world. Everything is crazy when it comes to recruiting.

These days, you can never get an early enough jump on prospects. Not reaching out to these kids might put you behind in the long run.

Stoops has really brought a spark to Kentucky's recruiting efforts and he's not wasting any time trying to lure the best recruits he can to Lexington. If that means reaching into a much younger talent pool, so be it.

Right now, Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class ranks currently ranks 12th in ESPN's class rankings Insider. The Wildcats have 15 verbal commitments, including two ESPN 150 members in defensive end Denzel Ware and quarterback Drew Barker.