Given the incredible job Nick Saban has done recruiting for Alabama we probably also should just go ahead and assume that his latest target, linebacker/running back Dylan Moses, is going to be a star.
Just not for a pretty long time, considering Moses is in middle school.
Moses is an eighth grader from Baton Rouge (La.). AL.com reported that Alabama offered the scholarship over the weekend, at the Crimson Tide's Junior Day event. Even though that sounds crazy to make scholarship promises to an eighth grader, Moses already has an offer from LSU as well.
Projecting a player's physical growth and development as a player before he gets to high school is almost impossible, even though Moses looks great now. Moses' impressive highlight video can't even tell the whole story because he is so much further along than the kids he's playing against. Moses is 6-1, 215 pounds already, so it's not much of a surprise he's much better than everyone his age. He went to LSU's camp for five years, which is why the Tigers knew of him, and the AL.com story said that Alabama took notice because of a highlight tape of the youngster.
Alabama must be sold on what Moses will become, because it was willing to extend the offer. Here's how it played out, according to AL.com.
"We got the invitation to come to Alabama's Junior Day a few weeks ago and to be honest we were kind of surprised," said Dylan's father Edward Moses Jr. "When we got there, Coach (Burton) Burns took us around and introduced us to the entire coaching staff and they all seemed very interested in Dylan. They treated him like a five-star recruit."
"We met with Coach Saban after lunch and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player. When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant. Coach Saban said the Alabama staff believes Dylan has a chance to be the best player in the country in the Class of 2017 and they were ready to offer him a scholarship. That's when the fireworks started going off in our heads."
While this story will get a lot of attention for its unusual nature, it doesn't mean all that much. Moses doesn't have to sign anywhere for almost four years. Alabama and LSU aren't bound to their verbal scholarship offers. A lot can and will change. Moses really could turn out to be the best player in the 2017 class, and take one of these first two offers. Perhaps he'll find another school he likes along the way. Or maybe he'll find something else he'd like to do in college other than play football. A lot can change over four years in high school.
Moses is a kid, albeit a pretty big and talented one for an eighth grader, and hopefully he can be left alone for a while to lead a relatively normal life for at least his first couple years of high school.
That probably won't happen though. We don't figure this will be the last offer Moses gets before he graduates middle school.
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