You stay classy, Nick Saban.
Saban offers 8th grader
How could you legislate against it? Saban's "offer" can't be accepted for four years.
This is just a verbal offer. It holds about as much water as a verbal commitment. I'm pretty sure they have a rule that states offers aren't "official" until their JR season? Maybe I'm off on that.
until a player is in his junior year w/ the Tide. If the player demonstrates that he will see the field in his senior year, then Nick will grant the final year. Up until then, all four-year scholly promises are subject to revocation.
prohibit contact relating to playing at a particular college prior to a certain age. that won't change much because Saban could still invite these kids to camp, but at least it would mean that he can't offer them or say "i could see you playing at alabama one day."
I wish I could think of a good way to have such a rule. But how do you ban verbal scholarship offers?
What did Saban offer the 8th grader?
This could be a fun game. Nick Saban offered an 8th grader...
New air pump for his bike
Oh wait. I'm bad at this game.
I was gonna go w/ Darla from the Little Rascals, but I thought she might be a bit too old
I might commit somewhere for Danica McKellar.
this kid must have taken his ACT really early...right?
David Sills accepted his offer to USC as an eighth grader and has developed into a top prospect in the 2015 class. Interesting to see if he sticks with that especially if Kiffin has another rough year
...if this kid graduates high school before Kiffin gets canned.
I'll bet Saban isn't even coaching at Alabama in 4 or 5 years.
Apparently Lane Kiffin offered a 13-year old a few years ago and the kid committed. That's crazy.
Very few guys get a chance to get such a head start on their medical hardship scholarships.
Per Tremendous, LSU offered this kid previously.
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Anyhow 2:06 for the best part
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and grammar nazi's though......
He can feel like he has this kid "locked in," but can stlll withdraw the offer if he doesn't pan out. Not very ethical, but definitely very Saban...
college coaches should not be allowed to formally recruit anyone before they reach high school. i can see it now. in 50 years college football will be a game of eugenics. schollies will go out to kids with perfect gene structures before they even come out of the womb.
Only Nick Saban can oversign across generations.
Would anyone have a problem if MIT offered a 13 year old mathematical genius a scholarship?
But that is because the 13 year old math genius can accept that scholarship and make it binding. This kid can't accept the offer, but Saban can hold it over his head.
This is why you can't compare academics to sports.
How is he holding it over his head?
Saban: If you talk to other schools your offer is gone.
There are so many ways that a coach at a big university like that can exert undue influence of a child. There aren't a lot of stories out there about Saban being a kind-hearted individual. So I think it is rather safe to assume that he doesn't have the best interest of that kid in mind.
I feel like if this kid is getting scholarship offers from Alabama, I bet when he's in High School he'll have a lot of other offers to fall back on
a 13 year math prodigy knows that he is smart, and having known a bunch of them when I was in middle and high school, and having worked with many of them in math team and other activities, I can tell you that schools know what they are getting.
There is a big difference between a math genius at 13 that may already been doing college level math (or beyond) than a 13 year old DE who has to go against other 13 year olds, rather than high school OL or college level.
Georgia has a kid in the 2014 class who committed in July before his Freshman year of high school.
Damn, I was 98 pounds in 8th grade.
You mad bro! Who cares? If Saban is dumb enough to offer a 8th grader than so be it. What's so horrible about offering somebody the possibility of a free college education. Even if the kid accepts the offer he has several years to change his decision. The Jealously towards the SEC is getting annoying. Hoke is building Michigan into a team that will be able to line up man vs man and be competitive against the best the SEC has to offer. Show some respect and class as Michigan fans.
Lane Kiffin, not wanting to be out done, is currently recruiting the local recess pickup game.
Hey Nick Satan!!! You still got this kids back if he doesn't develop? What a scum bag....8th grade are serious. Kid has other things to be worried about. Should be a few hundred rules about recruiting under age
Here is the opening of NCAA Bylaw 13.02.12 -
"A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally"
The next Bylaw essentially states that the recruitment of someone fitting the above description can be accomplished through the family or relatives of the prospective student-athlete as well.
I heard that on his visit, some Alabama co-eds showed him their bra strap, the kid committed on the spot
This is the perfect example of why an earlier signing period is NOT needed. It will just add to the lunacy of offering kids that are way to early to project.
That's just dumb. For basketball, or soccer, or tennis you can make good projections from an 8th graders skill. With football you regularly have to take junior production and film with a grain of salt, and many 5-star and even top-10 seniors fizzle out at the next level. I guess he just wants Alabama to be more like USC.
Not sure why so many people's panties are in such a bunch about this.
It's a genius move really if he turns out to be a huge prospect to say hey we were there back when you were in 8th grade we knew how good you were then. If he doesn't turn out to be anything special they pull the offer in 3 years he goes somewhere else no harm done.
It's not like he's taking official visits to Bama or being shown a "good time" by the current Bama players and I doubt Saban's blowing up the kid's phone every day. That would be something to have a big problem with.
This is much more symbolic gesture than anything else and most of you would be lauding Hoke if he did this to someone that shows as much talent as this kid so young.
As hoke points out constantly, he thinks kids need a chance to be kids as long as possible. I'll eat crow if it happens but i never see Hoke making that move.
I sort of agree. If this kid was some kind of intellectual prodigy and was finishing high school early and colleges were clamoring to offer him an academic scholarship, nobody would have anything to say about it.
If Nick Saban wants to waste his time and Alabama's money recruiting 13 year olds, go for it.
After researching other young players who have been offered scholarships, I found an interesting article on David Stills V. He was the 13 year old Lane Kiffin offered in 2010. The article says that Kiffin was introduced to him through California QB coach Steve Clarkson. He is the same QB coach William Speight flies out to workout with. Posting from my iPhone so here is the link: http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=4888515&city=losangeles
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