Last week, a hopeful prospect showed up at LSU's July football camp. He posted an impressive 4.46 40-yard dash, and he earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers' coaching staff for his efforts.
It's a scene that plays out on college campuses every single summer, although this offer was different for one main reason -- Dylan Moses has yet to start eighth grade.
Considering the Tigers are only just starting to hand out offers to members of the Class of 2014, it came as a bit surprise for a 2017 prospect to get one.
"I was kind of shocked when I first heard it -- it was a dream come true," Moses, 14, said. "I've always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid, and now it's coming true in front of my eyes."
If it is a dream for Moses, it was also a dream for his father, Edward Moses -- albeit not one he expected to come true so soon. When the Tigers' staff approached him about offering Dylan a scholarship, the plan seemed too good to be true.
"The coaches told me they were offering -- and they were serious. I thought they were playing," Edward Moses said. "Really, I thought that they were joking around until I saw the serious look on their faces. So I rolled with it. Let's see where it's going to end up."
Much has been made of the offer since word got out the Tigers were interested in a soon-to-be eighth grader. Indeed, even if he accepted the offer, Dylan Moses couldn't officially sign with LSU for another five years.
His workout numbers certainly don't reflect that youth. In addition to the blistering 40 time, the 6-foot, 205-pound middle schooler posted a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches and a 34-inch vertical leap. Impressive as they were, the latter two weren't so surprising to his father.
"I already knew that he could jump the 34-inch vertical, and we were actually working toward 9 feet in the broad jump. I didn't think it was going to come then, but I felt it coming," Edward Moses said. "The 40 -- that blew me away. I wasn't expecting a 4.46 40-yard dash."
The trip to LSU's camp wasn't even supposed to be a significant one. Dylan said he's been attending camps on campus since he was 10 years old.
"He runs track right now, and the week of that camp was his break week. So we just took that weekend to go to the camp so he could participate in the drill," Edward Moses said. "I just thought it was going to be another trip to LSU camp and then back to track."
Despite being good enough to earn a scholarship offer to LSU, Dylan won't be old enough to play varsity this fall at LSU Laboratory School, located on the university's campus. Instead, the Tigers' youngest target will play eighth grade football.
But with a long road ahead, both father and son acknowledged it's a step in the right direction.
"It means that all my hard work is paying off. All the two-a-days and practices from when I was six on up, it's paying off right now," Dylan Moses said.
Said Edward: "It's a matter of continuing to develop toward that point. Because Lord only knows where we're going to wind up at the end."
-6", 205 lbs 14 y/o that runs a 4.4 40?! What are they feeding these kids these days?
Do you guys think that colleges should be allowed to offer scholarships to middle school players?
Still, if a kid is a prodigy, I can see why it happens. I kind of like the idea of not being able to offer until a players sophomore season, just know that it is not always the case. With a kid this big that can run this fast, their is next to no way he was not garnering college interest. I know Washington just offered a QB going into 8th grade. Y2G freaked when he found out about David Sills, who is a sophomore going into this year but committed to USC in middle school.
You would hope that these kids can sort of be kids for a while, but if they get an offer they have always wanted I can understand them taking it. I know I like the idea of waiting until ones sophomore/junior season to start offering, just know that teams are always hoping to get that advantage. Either way, he still has a long way to go. Kids do not always stick to these things.
Taylor King committed to UCLA before his freshman year and eventually went to Duke. Than he went to a few other schools, lol. Just remember these kids do not always turn out to be the tops. Remember Mitchell Avery? Billy Gillespie offered him before his freshman year to come to Kentucky. Signed elsewhere:
As long as most prospects do not accept offers early, hopefully every school will give them at least a bit of time to be kids without a lock down to a university.
“Yeah, it’s been great for me, I’ve experienced a lot things,” says Davis. “I’ve just got to try and stay humble and keep moving.”