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What's the big rush?

Fans, coaches don't agree with practice of offering eighth-graders

Originally Published: July 27, 2012
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN RecruitingNation

The people have spoken. And the response -- from the football community and the public at large -- is overwhelmingly negative to news this week that Washington and LSU offered scholarships to players from the ranks of junior high school.

A SportsNation poll conducted on ESPN.com netted more than 36,000 votes as of Thursday night, with 81 percent labeling it unacceptable for college programs to recruit players who had yet to begin high school.

Coaches at the high school and college ...

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