A 14-year-old boy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana may just be starting out in his teenage years, but two colleges are already offering him scholarships to attend their schools.
Dylan Moses is a star football player at his middle school, and is in the 8th grade. He’s not expected to graduate until 2017, but the University of Alabama has already offered him a full-ride scholarship for when he finishes high school.
Nick Saban, head coach of the Crimson Tide football team, is known for being a recruiting extraordinaire. While they have recruited young players before, they have never recruited someone still in middle school.
Usually, recruiting happens during the student’s junior year of high school.
Under Saban’s tenure, Alabama has won the BCS national championship three times. Saban thinks Dylan will keep that momentum going in 2017.
Dylan and his father visited the campus over the weekend to take part in UA’s Crimson Tide Junior Day, a recruitment event usually reserved for high school students.
At 6’1” and 215 lbs, no one would have guessed Dylan was just a middle schooler.
“We got the invitation to come to Alabama’s Junior Day a few weeks ago, and to be honest, we were kind of surprised,” Mr. Moses said. “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.”
They offered him a full-ride scholarship, and his family was sure to ask a lot of questions to make sure they heard him right.
“That’s when the fireworks started going off in our heads,” he said.
Dylan also received a scholarship offer from Louisiana State University.
He is entering high school next year and plans to attend the Louisiana State University Laboratory School.
While it seems there is a lot of pressure on Dylan to make a decision, his family said he is taking his time. The two schools are his favorite and he wants to make sure he makes the right choice.
“We aren’t putting any pressure on him with the recruiting process right now. I think the fact that this is happening so early for him is helping him mature a little quicker than most 14 year olds would and I think that’s probably a good thing for him,” his father said.
“Right now, all Dylan really knows is that LSU and Alabama are his favorites and he’s going to spend the next few years focusing on becoming the best player he can be. I don’t think he feels any need to rush his decision.”