The recruiting season in the SEC is apparently quite competitive. Reigning national champion Alabama is always trying to get a leg up on the competition, but their latest move is one of those that just makes you stare in wonder. Apparently Nick Saban and crew are going to great lengths to make sure that their roster is well stocked with talent as reports today indicate that the Crimson Tide issued a scholarship offer to an 8th grader.
Offering early scholarships to players isn’t anything new. High school juniors tend to be under the recruiting microscope fairly regularly should they appear to be plenty talented. Alabama has managed to build a powerhouse thanks in large part to making sure that that they always have a ton of talent coming in.
The talent level has to be enough that it can replace that which leaves, either to head to the NFL or in the rare unfortunate situations that can occur on a college campus from time to time. It is apparently with the need to make sure they have a deep bench that ESPN.com reports that Alabama offered young phenom Edward Moses Jr.
Moses is apparently good enough that Alabama isn’t the only national power to be offering a kid who hasn’t even set foot in high school yet. SEC rival LSU has also already offered the Baton Rouge native. Because Moses lives in Louisiana, Alabama might have a tough fight to get his commitment.
Time does appear to be on their side, since even if he committed to the program today, he wouldn’t be able to set foot on campus in Tuscaloosa until 2017 at the earliest. Despite his home town team being in the recruiting picture, AL.com says that Moses is plenty excited for the Alabama offer.
His father, Edward Moses Sr. talked to the local paper about his son’s reaction saying:
“We got the invitation to come to Alabama’s Junior Day a few weeks ago and to be honest we were kind of surprised. When we got there, Coach (Burton) Burns took us around and introduced us to the entire coaching staff and they all seemed very interested in Dylan. They treated him like a five-star recruit.”
Now the eighth grader will have plenty of time to decide which school he will ultimately play for when he’s finally eligible.