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07:19 AM ET 06.13 | USC made a scholarship offer recently to incoming high school freshman Nathan Tilford, and now UCLA has its own very young prospect. [Lindell Stone] joined the small fraternity Tuesday evening when UCLA offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback a scholarship. Not bad for a Class of 2017 QB who just completed his eighth-grade year at Dawson Middle School in Southlake, Texas. Stone joins a small group of eighth-graders who have earned offers, notably [Tilford] ... and Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab), who has offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas and others. "I'm very grateful right now," Stone said Wednesday. "We're really not focused on recruiting right now. We're more focused on getting on the field at high school and helping a team win a championship."

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June 13, 2013  08:17 AM ET

I think the other thread was USC?

And this one mentions Bama, LSU and Texas....this has to stop. There should be a limit on when schollys can be offered....

June 13, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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this has to stop. There should be a limit on when schollys can be offered....

Totally agree. You won't see me post this statement often, but "the NCAA needs to step in here".

June 13, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Totally agree. You won't see me post this statement often, but "the NCAA needs to step in here".

Comically sad, the NCAA is unprepared to weight in on this matter. [It's Emmert's fault.]

June 13, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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Sometimes, auto complete is completely aggravating.

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June 13, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Totally agree. You won't see me post this statement often, but "the NCAA needs to step in here".

I think the NCAA should slow down the recruiting process. Is it helpful to have high school juniors committing verbally before they can make it official? If I were czar of the NCAA, I would breakdown the process into three steps: Evaluation, Recruitment, and Commitment.
Evaluation would begin at the start of the student-athlete's Junior year and continue through his Senior year. During this time, coaches could observe the student-athlete on the field, in practice, in the classroom and in interviews. All Evaluation activities take place at the student-athlete's school.
Recruitment takes place on the university's campus, and is an official visit. Universities invite the student-athlete for an official visit. No invite, no visit i.e. no "unofficial visits". At least one parent/guardian must be with the student-athlete. Official visits can conducted from September 1st until December 15th of the student-athlete's senior year. There is no limit on the number of official visits a student-athlete may take. Scholarship offers can only occur at official visits. The costs of the official visits are paid for by the university.
Commitment begins on December 16th and is completed by April 1st. Commitment is exclusively a student-athlete and parent/guardian process. No contact between the schools that have offered and the student-athlete is allowed. The student-athlete may sign his Letter of Commitment anytime from December 16th to April 1st.

This process would end the practice of unofficial visits, summer evaluation camps paid for by student-athlete families or handlers, 7 on 7 camps at universities, since all evaluations must take place at the student-athlete's high school and hopefully prevent the rise of a WorldWideWes in CFB.

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June 13, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Not saying the kid shouldn't get some type of reward/recognition for performing well, but a scholly offer is just over the top IMO at that point in their development. Flat-out ridiculous to say with any confidence that a kid will be CFB-scholly material with so much time and development left prior to actual time of HS graduation. What happens when a kid gets a scholly offer this early, thinks he's got it made and so just barely skates by on his academics, then finds out his scholly offer isn't good because he stopped growing as a HS Jr, or wiped out both knees, or whatever you-don't-cut-it-anymore reason that's possible?

I know, it's easy to what-if stuff like this in all kinds of ways, but I just think it doesn't pass the sniff test as a good thing IMO.

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June 13, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Comically sad, the NCAA is unprepared to weight in on this matter. [It's Texas' fault.]

FIFY

June 13, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Yeah, like they did on the one and done's in BB, don't hold your breath.

Did you see the Popovich statement about foreign players and the US ones. The point got lost in the "country" issue but he was using it to emphasize the negative impact AAU has created by making many kids think they are "entitled" and it is hurting many US kids.

June 13, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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So this is the schools fault if he doesnt take care of business. Thats a parent/HS Coach issue to inform the kid he has to continue to get better and explain the offer at this time. The current offer is the reward. Its not like they can commit. And I know LUS gave a HS SR who fractured his neck(or something like that) a medical scholarship. Kid name is Delvin Breaux who never played a down but worked his way back and just got a deal for the CFL. He was committed

It would be okay if adolescents were wired to the point they could correctly handle all the notoriety, fame, bragging, etc heaped on them by adults...both those that mean well and those that are just users. Unfortunately, the vast majority of teens are not wired that way and many don't discover humility until it is too late. In fact, most are in a state that resembles drunkenness. Parents can mitigate some of it, but not all of it. Mitigating all of it would require putting them in a bubble and cutting off the world. JMO

June 13, 2013  10:15 AM ET

Adolescent quad

June 13, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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So this is the schools fault if he doesnt take care of business. Thats a parent/HS Coach issue to inform the kid he has to continue to get better and explain the offer at this time. The current offer is the reward. Its not like they can commit. And I know LUS gave a HS SR who fractured his neck(or something like that) a medical scholarship. Kid name is Delvin Breaux who never played a down but worked his way back and just got a deal for the CFL. He was committed

This just doesn't pass the sniff test for me. Not trying to convince you you're wrong -- impossible goal is impossible. ;-)

And kudos to LUS for standing up for their Breaux.

June 13, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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Not saying the kid shouldn't get some type of reward/recognition for performing well, but a scholly offer is just over the top IMO at that point in their development. Flat-out ridiculous to say with any confidence that a kid will be CFB-scholly material with so much time and development left prior to actual time of HS graduation. What happens when a kid gets a scholly offer this early, thinks he's got it made and so just barely skates by on his academics, then finds out his scholly offer isn't good because he stopped growing as a HS Jr, or wiped out both knees, or whatever you-don't-cut-it-anymore reason that's possible?I know, it's easy to what-if stuff like this in all kinds of ways, but I just think it doesn't pass the sniff test as a good thing IMO.

I look at the offer as a carrot for a kid that may not be serious about academics. It is an impetus for the kid to get serious about academics because he knows their is a brighter future ahead. Of course, it won't work for all kids, but it may help some.

June 13, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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I look at the offer as a carrot for a kid that may not be serious about academics. It is an impetus for the kid to get serious about academics because he knows *their is a brighter future ahead. Of course, it won't work for all kids, but it may help some.

*there not their for all the grammar junkies

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