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Boy, 11, Offered Football Scholarship By University (Video)

Titan Lacaden, an 11-year-old boy, has been offered a football scholarship by the University of Hawaii (video below).

Titan's dad, Frank Lacaden, told KITV: "He's definitely a special kid."

Titan currently plays for the All Blacks Crusaders in Kapolei, a flag and tackle football team that was co-founded by his dad.

The youngster recently finished the fifth grade, but already has an offer to play for the university's Rainbow Warriors.

"It was heavy, it felt like ... cinderblocks came on my shoulders," Titan said.

Titan's mom has always wanted him to attend the University of Hawaii.

"My mom is forcing me to go to UH, she doesn't want me to leave home," Titan explained.

Frank recalled noticing his son's talent at age 2:

I've been coaching for over 25 years, at St. Louis High School, and a few years here at Kapolei, and I've been here, and I've seen a lot of kids, and I've done a lot of camps, and at this age I have not seen somebody with the skills that he has.

[UH Coach Nick Rolovich] pulled me on the side, and asked me how I felt about a fifth grader, my son, being offered [a scholarship].

Frank believes his son should grab the opportunity: "I've been through the recruiting process many times, and it's a long, vigorous, narrow road, and many, many reach the door, but there's times that the door just doesn't answer, and so when opportunity knocks you've got to enter, you've got to go, and so we went in."

Titan won't be playing on the college level for seven years, but will still be playing ball with his friends in the All Blacks Crusaders.

Titan's older brother is former Nevada linebacker Jake Lacaden, who played under Rolovich when he was the offensive coordinator for that team, notes ESPN.

Frank told the sports cable channel that he Frank took Titan and the All Blacks Crusaders to the University of Hawaii's football camp on June 10:

[Rolovich] said he likes Titan and what he does. We both agreed that he's different, he carries himself differently. They said they want to offer a scholarship and asked me how I felt about it. I know what my older son went through in the recruiting process and it's difficult, especially with us being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. So when opportunity knocks, you answer the door.

Frank coached Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota at St. Louis High School, and the family is friends with Alabama quarterback signee Tua Tagovailoa.

According to ESPN, Florida Atlantic University coach Lane Kiffin offered a scholarship to sixth-grade quarterback Pierce Clarkson, and another scholarship to seventh-grade quarterback Kaden Martin whose dad is USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

"When you offer someone, I take it serious," Frank stated. "I do understand he's 11 years old, but we take it serious. Here on the island, we keep our nose on the ground and keep grinding, so that's what he's going to keep doing, keep grinding."

Sources: KITV, ESPN / Photo credit: Amy Meredith/Flickr

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