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7th Grader Offered Collegiate Football Scholarship

In Columbia, Mississippi there is a recent graduate of the 7th grade by the name of Jaheim Oatis who just happens to be 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 286 pounds. Because of those numbers, it is hard for people not to notice this 14 year old kid and that includes college football coaches. This young man has recorded  a 4.7 clocking in the 40 yard dash. Armed with that information, the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama have both made a scholarship offer to the youngster who will enter the 8th grade when school resumes this fall.

Are you shaking your head like I am right now? It’s one thing to keep this kid on the football recruiting radar, but to actually offer him a scholarship before he even enters the 8th grade?  This is not the first collegiate scholarship offered to a young person in the 7th and 8th grade either. There have been others before Jaheim Oatis. I didn’t agree with it then and i don’t agree with it now.

There are millions of dollars involved in winning college football games on Saturday afternoons so planning 5 or 6 years out is commonplace. My how money talks. Like it or not, dipping into the junior high ranks is something that is here to stay.

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