Student Well-Being

Should College Coaches Be Recruiting Middle School Athletes?

By Bryan Toporek — July 30, 2012 1 min read

Both Louisiana State University and the University of Washington made headlines within the last week because of their reported interest in middle school football players, again raising the eternal question: “How young is too young when it comes to recruiting?”

News broke Wednesday that 14-year-old quarterback Tate Martell, who’s getting ready to enter the 8th grade, had verbally committed to Washington after receiving a scholarship offer a few weeks back. A day later, ESPN.com reported that LSU extended a scholarship offer to 14-year-old linebacker Dylan Moses, another soon-to-be 8th grader.

Keep in mind: No recruits can sign a binding National Letter of Intent until the fall of their senior year of high school.

The rationale of offering a student-athlete a scholarship this early, in theory, goes something like this: The player isn’t

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.