Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has a reputation for being a relentless recruiter. That’s not going to change after reports that Alabama has offered a scholarship to eighth grader Edward Moses, Jr.
The six-foot-one, 215-pound high schooler out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has also received an offer to play for LSU, but grabbing a scholarship from the two-time defending BCS National Champions takes his recruitment to new heights.
According to al.com, the athlete’s father, Edward Moses, Sr., they were surprised by the offer extended by Alabama to attend Junior Day over the past weekend.
“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.”
High school recruiting has become a year-round effort and an arms race among the best football programs. Alabama under Nick Saban is continually – and hypocritically – lambasted for oversigning and for the zeal with which the Crimson Tide pursues athletes.
But one cannot argue with the results. Alabama will head into the 2013 season as a favorite to win a third consecutive national title, due in large part to its ability to attract the country’s top talent. If an evaluator as shrewd as Nick Saban thinks an eighth grader has the talent and potential to play for the Crimson Tide, he probably does.
LSU head coach Les Miles should probably thank Saban for taking all the heat that will come out of this story, even though LSU offered a scholarship to Moses, Jr. first. It’s part of the cost of being the top dog in college football, and one Nick Saban doesn’t mind paying to be able to hoist another crystal football at the end of the season.
If you didn’t think you would start your day by watching highlights of a middle-school football player, you were wrong. Here’s Moses, Jr. in action.