Wednesday, July 25, 2012
LSU offers middle schooler a scholarship
By Edward Aschoff
It's never too early to start the recruiting process. At least that's what LSU's staff is thinking.
Rising eighth grader Dylan Moses might not be able to actually sign with LSU for another five years, but that didn't stop the Tigers staff from offering him a scholarship after he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at LSU's July football camp.
"I was kind of shocked when I first heard it -- it was a dream come true," the 14-year-old Moses told ESPN.com's GeauxTigerNation. "I've always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid, and now it's coming true in front of my eyes."
Since he was a kid? He's still a kid! He can't even play varsity football this fall at LSU Laboratory School because he isn't old enough.
By the way, he's listed at 6 feet tall and weighs 205 pounds. He also reportedly had a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches and a 34-inch vertical. My goodness. What are these kids eating these days?
In all seriousness, this had to be pretty cool for Moses, and he and his family should be pretty proud of the gesture made by LSU's staff. But with it will come a lot more attention paid his way.
It sounds like he's quite the athlete, but it's all about humility and striving for more from here on out. He can't afford to get complacent now and he has to realize that more people know who he is now and his popularity will only continue to grow.
"It means that all my hard work is paying off. All the two-a-days and practices from when I was 6 on up, it's paying off right now," Moses said.
But there are still plenty more two-a-days, and people will expect even more from him.