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Cross-town tit for rival tat: UCLA offers eighth-grader

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Lane Kiffin had (once again) offered a USC football scholarship to a kid (literally) who had yet to enter high school.

A couple of days later, the Trojans’ cross-town rivals have responded in kind.

Texas quarterback Lindell Stone confirmed to ESPN.com Wednesday that he has indeed received a scholarship offer to play football at UCLA.  Stone, who just completed his middle school “career” a few months ago and would be a member of the Class of 2017, will hail — once he, ya know, actually gets there — from the same Southlake, Tex., high school that produced former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.

Stone has not yet given a verbal commitment to any school, likely because he was grounded from the phone or something.

“I’m very grateful right now,” the 14-year-old told the website. “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, but this is big. It’s finally showing how hard I’ve worked.”

Stone added that, while he has not yet talked to the Bruins coaching staff, his father has spoken to at least one assistant as well as the director of football operations.

The offer to Stone continues a disturbing, take-a-shower-then-take-another-one trend on an ever-creepier recruiting trail.  The Trojans offered an eighth-grade wide receiver recently, which came two years after the same coaching staff offered a scholarship to a 13-year-old quarterback who attended positional meetings and verballed to USC.  Over the past handful of months, Alabama, LSU and Washington have offered scholarships to an eighth-grader as well.

As an aside, why again do people think football recruits have a sense of entitlement?

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12 Responses to “Cross-town tit for rival tat: UCLA offers eighth-grader”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Jun 13, 2013 12:01 AM

    This reminds me when Coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers offered a young man a scholarship some years before he could actually use one and a few weeks later Nick Saban of Alabama did likewise. Now the same is going forth with rivals in the PAC12.

    Who knows what may happen the next few years? These young teenagers may change their interests more than one time by the time they arrive at college age.

  2. trinityeagle says: Jun 13, 2013 12:20 AM

    Minor point, but it is SouthLAKE not Southland. I wouldn’t care if I didn’t live there.

  3. dehkrh says: Jun 13, 2013 12:22 AM

    Just for clarification and/or correction, the city is Southlake, Texas (not Southland) and the high school is Southlake Carroll High School.

  4. John Taylor says: Jun 13, 2013 12:31 AM

    A heads up when I screw up is greatly appreciated. Thank you @dehkrh, @trinityeagle.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Jun 13, 2013 1:30 AM

    Relax, all of this nonsense will finally go away after Lane Kiffen gets fired at the end of the upcoming season.

  6. raymondbarger says: Jun 13, 2013 7:19 AM

    So this means there is a shot for Jerry Sandusky to get another job?

  7. rcbn says: Jun 13, 2013 8:05 AM

    Title of story is appropriate. Taking the young lad off of the tit in hopes that he will get tats when he plays football for UCLA!

  8. mediocrebob says: Jun 13, 2013 8:59 AM

    I thought you got tats at Ohio State?

  9. Anoesis says: Jun 13, 2013 10:00 AM

    Anything to stay near the top of the news cycle. Mora just wants to be mentioned in the same sentence as Miles and Saban. At least I hope he isn’t trying to get into the same sentence as Kiffin or Sarkisian. College football just keeps on truckin’ down the road of creepy.

    I’d like to see the NCAA put in a rule about not offering scholarships to any kid not yet a high school senior, but I have little to no faith in that organization’s ability to do anything but shoot itself in the foot.

  10. 11inthebox says: Jun 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    In just a few short years, after this young man says or does something off putting to a potential coach or booster, or fan base, everyone will start yelling and screaming about kids being “entitled” and “self-important.”

    And everyone will conveniently forget that major college programs started bidding for this kid’s services while he was IN FREAKIN MIDDLE SCHOOL!

    Nothing potentially harmful there, right?

  11. luvwhitewater says: Jun 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    From the SEC: Hey its all about Lane, hes gotta try something. Couldnt take the pressure of the SEC so bolted to try new tricks on the West Coast.

  12. tommy57 says: Jun 14, 2013 6:23 AM

    This kind of stuff is just wrong.

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