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Alabama offers eighth-grader a scholarship…after LSU

Nick Saban does love him some trophies. (Jeff Haynes / Reuters)

Alabama Coach Nick Saban peered into his crystal ball over the weekend and decided that he liked what he saw from a high school running back/linebacker so much that it was worth offering him a scholarship.

Dylan Moses, of Baton Rouge, La., is an eighth grader. That would have been really, really amazing if Moses hadn’t already received an offer from LSU.

Moses was one of several players — high school juniors — who got offers from Saban during the Crimson Tide’s Junior Day event last weekend over the weekend.

“We got the invitation to come to Alabama’s Junior Day a few weeks ago and to be honest we were kind of surprised,” Dylan’s father, Edward Moses Jr., told “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.”

Maybe Saban got the idea from LSU’s Les Miles, who offered the kid a scholarship last summer after seeing him at LSU summer camps. Moses, at 6-1 and 215 pounds, will be a ninth grader at University Lab High School and isn’t ready to decide where he’ll attend college yet. After all, time would appear to be on his time. (The offers from LSU and ‘Bama are neither binding nor illegal. Nor are the schools planning Maternity Ward Day. Yet.)

“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,” Moses 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.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · February 26, 2013