Alabama offered a scholarship to an eighth grader

Now it is out of control. We sometimes have seen this as a part of college basketball, but rarely does it happen with football.

Nick Saban is one of the best recruiters in college football, and being the head coach of National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide certainly doesn’t hurt. He is aggressive, and is willing to do whatever it takes to lock down a blue chipper. Even if said player is only in the eighth grade.

Alabama has extended a scholarship offer to Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge, LA. This is one of the bigger ‘kids’ you will ever see. He is already 6’1″ and weighs 215lbs. He is already built to play at the college level. This isn’t the first offer the kid has received, as LSU also gave him a scholarship offer a year ago.

“We met with Coach Saban after lunch, and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player,” Dylan’s father Edward Moses said. ”When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant. Coach Saban said the Alabama staff believes Dylan has a chance to be the best player in the country in the Class of 2017 and they were ready to offer him a scholarship. That’s when the fireworks started going off in our heads.”

My only question, what if this kid grows another 6 or 7 inches and puts on 50-60 pounds? Will they pull the deal because they don’t need just another run of the mill offensive lineman? I mean, Bammer breeds those kids.

College football is a cut-throat business.

Watch the kid at work:

H/T AL.com

  • sabre

    What total GARBAGE…..he’s 14 and this should be illegal.

    Why even try to become educated if there is a scholarship waiting….

    “DUH…I aint gots to be goin’ to class…uhh…duh…uhh… cuz I be goin to…uhh…you know…uhh…college”

    • http://MSN LES

      YES YOU RIGHT BUT WRONG, IT’S HIS DECISION AND HIS FAMILY. TO DEAL WITH IT . HE WILL LEARN YOUNG THAT HIS DECISION , WILL MAKE HIM OR BREAK HIM,SO GIVE HIM SOME POSSITIVE FEED BACK.KID IF YOU READ THIS DON’T LET THE WORLD FORM YOU.FORM YOUR SELF.STAY AROUND POSITIVE PEOPLE. YOU WILL BE WHO YOU ARE AROUND.YES HE IS YOUNG BUT WHEN YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU CAN BE AT THAT AGE THERE’S ADVANTAGE.JUST REMEMBER WERE YOU COME FROM.

      • saywhat?

        Give me a break, what an asinine comment. Quit pretending this is about anything but money. At best he is an overgrown typical 13 or 14 year old 8th grader who has absolutely no clue about life yet. Or worse, he is a 15 or 16 year old still in the 8th grade because he can’t read or write well enough to move into the 9th grade. What a perfect way to guarantee he will have absolutely no comprehension of the meaning of words like responsibility, accountability, academic performance and the value of hard work.

        • Elliot

          You’re correct in that this is all about money — for the Colleges that are recruiting an 8th Grader. The part where you go off-track (aside from your ‘joke’ that he may be 16 years old and STILL in the 8th grade) is your assertion that he won’t learn anything in the way of ‘responsibility’ and ‘academic performance’. The scholarship becomes null and void (which means he can’t make use of it…just in case YOU need that ‘broken down’ a bit) if he doesn’t maintain at LEAST a grade-point average of ‘C’ or better AND hit academic minimums on college entrance exams.

          It IS asinine that Colleges have stooped to recruiting middle-school students… but let’s not bash THE KID because of what the Colleges are doing. It’s not his fault that he’s ‘big’ for his age OR that he was blessed with athleticism his peers don’t yet have. At least he’s making use of those gifts constructively, by all appearances.

        • Johnny Simmons

          how right you are . Put against an older player his size he would not be so great . He needs to grow up get his high school done before trying to go to a college. I really think that this is a lot of wishes other than really what happened.

          • DontAskTwice

            Are you some sort of expert scout or something? Fact is, he’s playing with kids his age and dominating. Football isn’t like basketball where you can play up 2 or 3 age groups, so until he’s in high school, you won’t know. You say “he needs to grow up and get his high school done before trying to go to a college” as if he gets to skip high school. A scholarship is merely an offer of intent by the college all pending if you meet the requirements. They are rescinded every day from players not handling their business in school. Good for this kid, he now has something to strive for, and most of these kids need that type of motivation.

            It’s amazing how you could draw anything negative from this other than the NCAA preying on these athletes. On another note, he’ll more than likely end up playing linebacker or defensive end. He seems to pursue the ball well and has good form to his tackling (actually wrapping up).

          • ted

            I agree. Play with kids his size and this would not be nearly the high light reel. Not say’n it is much of one anyway. Forgettable.

      • Frankie

        wait a minute, you people always talking about capitalism…now this kid and family is capitalizing on his education and athletics and you want to make it about race

        what a bunch of crap. this kid has an opportunity to plan his future at an early age…
        How do you know he will even want to be a football player after highschool, he might get hurt and decide not to play.

        You have no idea who this kid is. the writer of this article is as stupid as they come, and incomplete article , no mention of age or how his grade poin average is.
        But racist bastards want to make this about race, just pissed off because saban has enough bubbas on the squad…get a life

        • http://Yardbaker.com schilo r. marcellus

          yea just pissed,he probably earned every second of that scholarship. like frankie said dont make this a race thing.you guys r full of bs

    • Mr. Man 2013

      Why no offer to help opposed talk trash about something you reall don’t understand. It seems vey easy to talk vs. help no wonder progress can’t be made evryone’s a critic.Get It Together

    • Greg Washington

      Shut up jerk. they have been giving baseball and hockey scholorships to young kids for years. Every time black kids get a break you hear some negative feed back. Shut up moron.

      • Greg Sucks

        No NHL program or their affiliate has never given any 8th grader a glance and never will. Way to weave racism into a story that was once void of it. You’re an idiot Greg who actively looks for racism when there is none.

    • Pres mcGee

      Scholarship, yes. He still must meet admission requirements!

    • BlackKidRepresented

      “DUH…I aint gots to be goin’ to class…uhh…duh…uhh… cuz I be goin to…uhh…you know…uhh…college”

      What an AZZHole U R. Would you make that statement,if this kid was White???

      The kid isn’t at fault here, it’s AU and Saban, trying to get a leg up on LSU, which is in the kid’s backyard. Besides, who’s to say this kid isn’t academically sound already, as well as mentally stable, with a parental foundation. You AZZ’s that hide behind your keyboards need to get a grip and stop assuming every Black Kid is incompetent or some thug that happens to be good a sports.

      • John

        There are a few spouting off about race, which is uncalled for at this time. The kid is still growing, and learning. Let him complete his high school without the pressure of where he is going to college.

        Protect him now from the greedy and the insensitive, he is still learning and maturing. I wish him well and God Bless him.

      • Joe Smith

        Don’t assume the kid is stupid. His dad sure sounds pretty articulate. A free college education playing for the National Champs is nothing to sneeze at…..even in the 8th grade. I’m just glad my kid’s football program had a weight limit and he didn’t have to play against kids like this in the 8th grade.

    • deb patterson

      His he really 14 yrs. old??? And what grades does he make?

    • Glen Scutt

      Might as well pay the kid his bonus money now. Division I Football is professional football except that the players are not normally paid in cash.

    • spicewood

      If your prediction that he may be illiterate becomes fact, then he will choose between Nebraska and Kansas State.

    • petra

      That IS the motivation,…if your grades aren’t good, you don’t get to play and you will loose your scholarship, obviously your kids never played ball, or you would know this :D

  • graeme griffith

    Sabre: Certainly,receiving a scholarship ensures that this young man will/should focus on pursuing his education to, at least, the undergraduate level. Remember, Alabama is a college not an NFL team. Would you prefer that he not receive a scholarship, then rely on financial aid in the form of loans to pay for his education?

    • roger

      No graem, I’d prefer he’s get a JOB to help pay for his education. Sound like a novel idea?

      • christian

        why the hell would a kid get a job when hes already being recruited by the best teams in college football? clearly if he stays injury free he has a bright future in the NFL. why should he waste his time at mcdonalds? to be a dumbass like you?

        • oprewal

          yea he looks real promising with that bitch hair style, don’t think he could get a job at mcdonalds.

        • http://Yardbaker.com schilo r. marcellus

          you r so danm rite.there is no way i would let my son or my brother to go get a job rather go play for the best team in contry no way

  • Kenneth McMichael

    I think this is great. It gives this young man a chance to not only go to school but to stay away from anything that can prevent him from messing up his future.

  • Ami

    His playing is INSANE! I think it could go several ways, I mean, maybe he will focus on his education. It really is his parents/home life that will determine if he gets the education a child deserves. So we can hope he has a good home life. That being said, Scholarships are given for outstanding performance. And THAT is/was given on his part.
    Scholarships aren’t given for just sports, but also academics as well. I wouldn’t balk at my children receiving scholarships in any form if they have earned it.
    Boy is it getting competitive out there!
    Good luck kiddo! Keep going, but please do remember academics and health of body, mind and spirit are all very important aspects to a good full life.

    • Jmon

      One name for you with a player having it made: Len Bias. Enough said…

  • ralph walker

    he looks like a homely girl!

  • TheQCFan

    There is a kid in charlotte, nc Robert Washington jr. 5ft 10 n like 154 the kid has made all national all star games n attends a very prestigious prep school. This was his freshman year and he missed like 3 games and still had over1100 yards and also plays off,deffense and special teams. The kid is extremely talented and has already ccepted a letter on intent to ole miss.

  • TheQCFan

    I apologize Robert Washington signed to play with Mississippi state. A 2016 prospect

  • Nick

    Honestly its dumb to offer a scholarship to this kid, because he has a definite advantage over everyone else. He is the size of an adult playing vs kids 100 pounds lighter then himself and 5 inches shorter some even more. once this kid goes and plays with kids his size it will be much much different because he has had it easy this whole time. imagine when its an even playing field

    • Mike in Georgia

      I agree with this assessment….if I were 7 foot tall in the 8th grade, I would be a lock at basketball…but what happens when or if I get to the NBA….maybe my skills were not there because I “cruised” through lower levels due to my abnormal size….

      Second, there should not be any scholarship offers to ANYONE unless they’re a junior in HS and have a certain grade level (C+ or better)..contact from Saban to someone this young should be considered illegal by the NCAA or even HS associations. The kids are TOO young and this contact could/should be considered tampering. The parents would be swayed as well as they could not wait to tell their friends about Saban’s visit and then the kid does not get a fair shake from any other school interested in him.

      And, if LSU offered him last year, why wasn’t that a big story then!

      • http://yardbarker jason

        It was a big story, i remember reading about it.

  • http://CN4W JDog

    I agree…does nobody else see the fact that he is extra big for his age…playing against kids a lot smaller. He had a growth spurt early…no telling if he’ll get bigger or not, but the playing field will level out for him someday. Only then will you know if he is really capable of being good. Right now…they are just putting a lot of pressure on him to be the best…because he may be right now…but that ain’t saying much when more developed than damn near all 8th graders.

  • Bob

    Wow! This kid looks great. Did you see him run over, around, and through the kids on the opposition. He made them look like they were 5’4″, 5′, 5’6″, and smaller!! What? You say they WERE only that big? Ohhhhhhh, ok. Nevermind.

  • Billy Cole

    Article forgot to state his age…yes, he’s an 8th grader but is he a true 8th grader or a kid that parents held back a year to mature, a kid that has not academically progressed. We got all the physical stats, seen the videos running over undersized peers but two questions remain, how old is he and what is his grade point average?

  • Murph

    The kid is not 14. No way. He probably has the only car in the student parking lot at the middle school. He is at least 16. However I do believe he is in 8th grade. This is wrong. I agree with the others. No way this kid will have a desire to get an education. He already has national recognition. We give the minorities every opportunity to get an education, we lower the standards for them to get into college, they get government funding, they get everything handed to them and then we have them quitting college to go to the NFL. What about their free education? Now we have the college coaches coming after 8th graders. There has to standards set and enforced. What’s next? Soon they will be giving scholarships to the first born grnadson of a hall of famer in the NFL.

  • Cali

    I am so sick of hating a$$ white people. So because he is big and black he can’t read, or he is 16 but in the 8th grade???? First of all you can’t be 16 playing a sport in the 8th grade. Second you can not be 16 in the 8th grade, they move you forward. Third you must maintain your grades to play any sport. Fourth you must pass highschool, and the testing requirement to get into ANY COLLEGE sports or no sports. Fifth it takes discipline to be in any sport, and this discipline trickles down to your studies as well, most athletes maintain well above a 3.0. I am a teacher WITH A MASTERS DEGREE, WHO TEACHES 7 th grade in a public school. The fact that he knows his talent at such a young age, and the parents know as well gives them the advantage to prep him so by the time is 18, he should have a sound judgement in decision making, strong work ethic, and the proper education so that he can succeed in his sport and studies.

    • akbih

      Who says they move you forward?! Forward to what? If you fail the classes you still get to go to next grade! I don’t really care if he is black, white or purple for that matter! But, I would like to know, so please explain, why can’t he be 15 or 16 and be in 8th grade? If he was held back couple of times, or even once, depending on when his birthday falls, he could be 15 or 16. You have to maintain your grades to play, what is that GPA in high school, 2.0? Come on, that is barely a C average. College is 2.3, which was raised two years ago from a 2.0. Please stop your racist nonsense. he is bigger, taller and faster than anyone else on the field, by far, so what talent does he need to recognize. You know who has talent, and 8 year old in Nebraska or Oklahoma or something, a girl no less, that runs circles around everyone in her pee-wee league. AND, she is the smallest on the field.

      • Cali

        Are you a teacher? No. Next, you are suppose to be 12 or 13 in the 8th grade. They do not have 16 year olds in middle school because of numerous conflicts that may be caused so parents are given two options, if the child is problematic/ behavior issues they are moved to an alternative school. If the child has extensive issues in his studies, if the parent does not push for help YES THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL PASS HIM KNOWING THAT HE CAN NOT READ OR DO BASIC MATH COMPUTATION. Last time I checked a C is a passing grade. SO LIKE I SAID BEFORE I AM SICK Of HATING A$$ White PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE DOING BLACK PEOPLE A FAVOR.
        AMISTAD, BLACK WALLSTREET, AND THE LIST GOES ON. DO YOUR HISTORY, REAL HISTORY OF THE WHITE MAN, IM SPEAKING OF THE HISTORY THAT WAS INTENTIONALLY LEFT OUT OF THE HISTORY BOOKS……..

        • georgia_teacher

          I AM a teacher and have had students in 8th grade who were 16. I have a sophomore this year who’s 19. If the grades that held a student back were in elementary school, then it would have no bearing on his eligibility in middle school. I didn’t see anyone bring race into the equation but you, Cali. There are legitimate concerns about one’s physical, emotional, and mental maturity (even at 15 or 16)regarding education and athletics. If he’s still good enough four years from now, more power to him. There are roughly 150 Division 1 college football programs. Out of the students who make it at that level only about one-percent will make it (and a smaller percentage will be successful in) the NFL. There is cause for concern that students are being recruited so early. If the assumption by this young man and his family (or any other, for that matter) is that his ride is going to come from football, and all his hopes and possibilities are pinned only on that, what happens if he gets hurt? David Pollack, anyone? Fortunately for him, he had an education to fall back on.

          • AD

            Thank you @georgia_teacher, you are 100% correct. And Cali, you are clearly the only one talking about race! What was it you said… “Hatin a$$ white people”??? You sound like a hatin a$$ black person. If you really are a teacher Cali, I’m sad for your students. Racism gets passed on by people like you.

        • Bill

          It seems the only racist here is you, Cali. Get over your self entitled ego.
          How pathetic you sound…

    • Mike in Georgia

      And to Cali…I am a former teacher in Georgia as well…age is not that big a factor…as stated by a few here…each state is different I’m sure…if you are a teacher in California (Cali), no wonder there are problems in that state…your racist attitude is worse than any white hate monger I ever heard…and to be a hating @ss white man, let me remind you that white men gave women the right to vote, elected the last president, allowed blacks the right to vote, enacted legislation to outlaw slavery, and the long list goes on…and by the way, despite black history month and your pastors preaching, the South, or even the North, did not have that many slave owners…you believe all white people had slaves and that is simply not true or even close to being true…do all white people own Mercedes?…of course not! Only a few did…I am a direct descendant of General Elijah Clarke (Clarke County, Athens,GA) and he did own slaves and I have a copy of his will depicting who went where…it is very humbling to read that a human being was treated as an asset back then, but they were. It is fact but fortunately, it is a past now…quit living in it because you were NEVER there!

  • Dave Strolle

    At the start of 8th grade,at 12 years old, didn’t turn 13 until middle of the season, I was 5’9″ and 165 pounds. I thought I was going to be the next great NFL middle linebacker. Never grew another inch! Look this kid may be great right now but when he faces guys his own size only then will you have a feel for his possibilities. I wish him luck. I hope he does not end up with no football future like the 6’2″ 225 lb kid I played against in Jr. HS. He was a bear because I was the one of biggest kids on our team and we were over matched one on one. But later when he had to play against equals in size and speed it was a whole different story.

  • rich

    What a flipping shame that the group of ninth graders nearby who just won a robot-building contest and that robot was exceptionally technological enough to spin my bean … are not also as big as this kid or wise enough to play football. Just think … had Salk excelled in football – could have played in the pro English Rugby league, whatever. Course, many folks would have died without penicillin. Or perhaps, let’s see how many other folks whose achievements were not on a field of grass but whose achievements did lead to improving the quality of life for millions. Think … Martin Luther King Jr, think Ghandi …. neither big time jocks but what the hell. LA State and Alabama have just let us know what is REALLY IMPORTANT IN TOMORROW’S WORLD. PLAYING FLIPPING FOOTBALL. WHOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!! ROLL ON TIDE ….. ROLL ON TO STUPIDITY LED BY YOUR FOOTBALL COACH AND ADMINISTRATION.

  • R.SPANN

    Sounded like a comment or so wanted to play on the RACE ISSUE! I should hope not, our country has had way to much of that! Can’t we just be Proud for this Child and his GOD GIVEN TALENT’S! And size? What’s the next question? Did he take STEROID’S? GIVE THIS KID A BRAKE! And Be Proud for him! Don’t Prosicute Him!

  • jonon

    “Bammer breeds those kids”, I recall a sports announcer (Jimmy the Greek) losing his job for making a similar comment. My how times change!

  • R.SPANN

    A comment or so seemed as if it sounded like it was boarder line on the RACE ISSUE! If so I SHOULD HOPE NOT! Our country has had enough of that! Can’t we just be Happy for Him and all the GOD given Talent’s he has? What’s everyone gonna be asking next? Has he been taking Steroid’s? Give Him a Break! He is JUST a BOY!

  • Emaj

    This is so sad that we as people have come to the point of criticizing the children. Those of you with this negative attitude try reversing the situtation and think of this child being yours. The key word is child. Do anyone of you know him or his parents. It appears that he does have family foundation. This is the problem today so many of our children cannot catch a break and when they do, this is what they have to face. Someone judging, commenting and break down there self esteem. The bullys are not only in the children at their school it is now obvious that they are adults as well. So when you are quick to criticize or better yet bully these babies with you negative comments and judging them without even knowing them. Think first before you speak because this could very easily have been your son, daughter, niece, nephew or cousin.

  • unojackschiit

    Give the kid a break! He’s 14 and already has three baby-mommas that are looking for child support.

  • Paul Garrett

    I am a football coach with 30 years experience. The only outstanding thing about this player is his size for his age. His football fundamentals are non-existent and performance is solely based on his size being ahead of other players. Maybe he will be an exceptional player with the right high school coaching, but right now the scholarship is based only on his size. The highlights are full of players with no fundamentals, hence the missed tackles. Most of the failed tackles are from poor tackling technique and I saw no plays where the subject player broke a tackle by another player using correct tackling technique. I see a lot of diving at the feet, head down, and various other problems with opposing tacklers. It will be interesting to watch his development.

  • ben dover

    this is the football equivalent of lebron james…

  • Adam

    I honestly dont see a problem with it. This kid is big for his age. If he continues to develope and grow then he is deffinetly built to play D1 college football. Now its up to his parents to make sure he doesn’t get the cart in front of the horse. They need to make sure he accells just as much academically as he does physically. This kids been given an extreme gift but he needs to be a kid first and an adult and college football player in the future. He doesnt need to grow up to fast. Let him enjoy his success and his youth. Keep him continuously building his skills and knowledge both on and off the field, raise him right, and teach him to keep things in perspective. God forbig a career ending injury happens to this kid before he gets to college. With the right teaching, parenting, guidance, and mentors this kid can accell in anything he wants to in life.

  • FrozenWarrior

    I thought Sabin had a bit more class than to pull a stunt like this one.

  • CJ

    Race isn’t the issue. The kid isn’t the issue. The issue is these major colleges inciting these kinds of conversations over the ridiculousness of an monster-sized 8th-grader, running over and throwing down kids not even close to his size. I’ll give you that he has talent. God-given, but it’s for playing a game that he is sorely outmatching everyone he plays with. His size and balance are his talents. He’ll come up against some mean motor scooter who will challenge him one day. I don’t bare the kid ill will. I wish him the best. I hope he decides baseball is his game of choice though, just because of the importance the southern states put on playing a game. It’s vicariously living through other people and it isn’t healthy. Maybe in small doses, but an 8th-grader? Come on, man!

  • johnny lawrence

    Before i make my commit i am a roll tide fan: did anybody look at it like this the kid is good for his age group true. also he has a leg up with his size for his age group. i think more collage should do the some thing saban. i could be wrong but i have saw so many kid with all kind of talnet & just piss it away by hang with the wrong crowed. maybe saban saw this & said let me do something to help this kid stay on the right track. even if the kid is dumb as a bucket of rock or ha smart as a wipe you not goin to tell me he not goin to try harder to get his lesson or stay out of trouble.saban had to talk to the kid mom or dad before talking to the kid

  • EdInBR

    To help clarify things. The kid’s 13, about to be 14. He’s a decent student and a very polite young man. He attends LSU Lab School, where academic standards are more stringent than most public schools. And he’s not the first, nor will he be the last 8th grader to receive early offers. Both Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders had “open” invitations to many universities at this same age.

  • bob

    Both of my nephews are over 6’1” and are in the eighth grade. They tower over the other children and sometimes are embarrassed of their height. Its not all easy for people who are tall. Their parents are both over 6 ft so they continue to grow. They are the normal age for their grade and have both over 3.0 gpa. They love football and it takes more than one player to even slow them down let alone tackle them. Yes bamma should not have made it public that they gave a scholarship to this player, but come on! If it was you, you would be ecstatic and your family proud. They wouldn’t give it out if the boy was dumb or wasn’t a good prospect. I think they know how to do their job. Its is called scouting and that is what they did. Yes this boy is tall for his age and will prob even out once he enters high school, but maybe not. It gives him a purpose, a goal. Unlike so many other high scholl students who get lost and start to go down wrong paths, this boy can grow into a man and strive to actually be able to accept that scholar ship. His throwing of the little kids he plays with is a good workout for him, like a different way to bench press. And fast is fast, he seems fast to me and it has nothing to do with height. Small people can run just as fast, yet in this case that doesn’t seem so. I say give him some credit!

  • Jim Caruso

    Can’t punish the kid for eating his veggies. What the video look at 2:10 minute. he totally decleats this kid. He’s definetly a man playing against boys in 8th grade.

  • CODY

    WAS THIS KID HELD BACK LIKE 3 YEARS? LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS! THEY ARE ALL HALF HIS SIZE! THAT KID THAT HE THREW BACK WAS LIKE 3 FT TALL! WATCH THE VIDEOS, NOBODY ACTUALLY TRIED TO TACKLE HIM BECAUSE HE IS SO MUCH BIGGER. WAIT TIL HE GETS IN HIGHSCHOOL, HE IS GOING TO GET LIT UP. ITS KIND OF RIDICULOUS TOO THAT HIS FAMILY WOULD LET HIM SIGN A CONTRACT IN THE EIGHTH GRADE TO GO TO COLLEGE FOR FOOTBALL! HOW CAN YOU TELL THAT HE IS GOING TO BE GOOD IN FOUR YEARS?? WAIT FOUR YEARS AND GIVE HIM A DRUG TEST AND SEE WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE IS! WHAT A WASTE.

  • bob

    A Drug Test? Really? Just cause he is tall doesnt mean he doesnt have the mentality of any other player he is going up against. Read all the posts and it says his age. He did not flunk and is pretty smart. My nephews never flunked but are his height. He will prob level out but that wont take away his speed. If he keeps in shape and stays on track he will be able to accept that scholarship. Its not like its a given or anything.

  • Lizzie

    To the young Mr. Moses good luck young man on your future you have many choices ahead of you now take care in chosing what is best for you. Also keep in mind that you cannot play football forever so use this opportunity to get a degree in a subject you enjoy that you can use later in life. Life is about choices and I hope you make the best ones for yourself.

  • John Coctoastan

    NO WAY he is a true 8th or 9th grader!!!

    He has 5 o’clock shadow!!!

    I’m betting his birth certificate is not from US.

  • scdvs1

    Two things, Im sure Nick Saban knows the kids talent level and the possibility of him just being a big kid in MS who currently doesnt have any fundamental skills and may never reach his potential. Athletics at the elite level is all about potential, no one really knows if number one athlete in HS is going to be number one athlete in college its all based on potential.
    secondly, Most people wouldn’t bat an eye if he developed Facebook and made billions or was a 8th grader who was graduating HS and going to Bama on a academic scholarship. because its connected to athletics that people bristle at the thought he could get a scholarship offer at a young age and might even be intelligent. Most foreign Basketball and soccar players that are considered elite at a young age are taken out of school to learn the pro game. ex..Tony Parker, Messi, Boris Diaw and the list is longer. if anyone can find a job that could possibly set them up for life after 3-4 yrs at the age of 19-21 would be silly to turn that down.

  • Agdoc

    We have officially made the transition from the strange to the surreal. Offering a scholarship to an eighth grader? What next, mapping gene pools and recruiting en utero? There are SO many things that can happen to the kid personally and academically between now and 2017, and it’s virtually impossible to know what his skill level will be by then. This could be his peak for all Saban knows. Plenty of promising athletes have ended up going nowhere, nor can you extrapolate success at this level of competition–where he’s so much more advanced physically than his peers–to what will happen as he meets opponents that have caught up with him physically. This is a waste of effort and a scholarship IMO.

  • Mike in Georgia

    And to Cali…I am a former teacher in Georgia as well…age is not that big a factor…as stated by a few here…each state is different I’m sure…if you are a teacher in California (Cali), no wonder there are problems in that state…your racist attitude is worse than any white hate monger I ever heard…and to be a hating @ss white man, let me remind you that white men gave women the right to vote, elected the last president, allowed blacks the right to vote, enacted legislation to outlaw slavery, and the long list goes on…and by the way, despite black history month and your pastors preaching, the South, or even the North, did not have that many slave owners…you believe all white people had slaves and that is simply not true or even close to being true…do all white people own Mercedes?…of course not! Only a few did…I am a direct descendant of General Elijah Clarke (Clarke County, Athens,GA) and he did own slaves and I have a copy of his will depicting who went where…it is very humbling to read that a human being was treated as an asset back then, but they were. It is fact but fortunately, it is a past now…quit living in it because you were NEVER there!

  • cabbage

    An interesting podcast with this young man’s father can be found here.

    A) Dad is a lawyer and he has his priorities straight about his son.
    B) Kid is a BEAST. LSU coaches clocked him at 4.45 in the 7th grade.

  • Donald B

    1. First let me say this to all the white folks who are attacking Cali; because you have never been in a situation where you are suppressed because you are black you cannot understand the rage that comes when people make ignorant statements like “The kid is not 14. No way. He probably has the only car in the student parking lot at the middle school. He is at least 16. However I do believe he is in 8th grade. This is wrong. I agree with the others. No way this kid will have a desire to get an education. He already has national recognition. We give the minorities every opportunity to get an education, we lower the standards for them to get into college, they get government funding, they get everything handed to them and then we have them quitting college to go to the NFL. What about their free education? Now we have the college coaches coming after 8th graders” & “Why even try to become educated if there is a scholarship waiting….DUH…I aint gots to be goin’ to class…uhh…duh…uhh… cuz I be goin to…uhh…you know…uhh…college.”
    if you do not see the racist undertones here it is because you choose not to. Cali did not bring the racism into the conversation, others did & it enraged him just as it probably did with most black people.
    White overachievers abilities are seldom questioned, but minorities average successes are questioned even when the gifts or talents are obvious.
    So many people attacked Cali for pointing out the obvious but no one addressed Murph or sabre. If you’re going to challenge racism you must challenge both sides not the one that you perceive as the weaker one.
    So maybe you all need to take a real good look in the mirror & ask yourselves who’s really the racist. Just my thoughts.