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No, this headline is not a joke. Yes, the diabolical Lane Kiffin and his staff have committed the football equivalent of robbing the cradle by formally offering a scholarship to 8th grader Nathan Tilford, who is yet to even suit up for one down of high school football.
The 6’2”, 190 lb. wide receiver, touted as one of the best incoming freshman in the state of California, reportedly blew away the Trojan coaching staff while attending some USC practices throughout the spring, and again this past weekend with his performance in 7-on-7 ball. Apparently, he was pitted against a myriad of exceptionally talented, older players, so he really must’ve showcased the kind of raw talent that screams superstar potential.
This isn’t USC’s first attempt to secure underclassmen far before their high school diplomas are ever in their sights, as they’ve already extended offers to DB Iman Marshall and WR Brandon Burton, both homegrown California prospects from the classes of 2015 and 2016, respectively. However, it leaves me scratching my head at the unintelligible foresight this offer carries.
Just look at Kiffin playing the “We’re Bros” card already. Dude’s so slimy.
— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) June 10, 2013
I mean, I understand the offer only stands as verbal and isn’t legally or contractually binding at all, but give me a break. Who knows the path that Tilford’s playing career will take, and given Lane Kiffin’s track record, how could this kid even believe that he‘ll still be USC’s coach come 2017?
Some words of wisdom for young Nathan: enjoy your time in high school, the places that your talent will take you and the people you’ll meet. If ole Lane is throwing a scholarship your way now, chances are you can play anywhere in the country you’ve ever dreamed.
Lastly, please get a highlight reel up on YouTube so I can bear witness to the caliber of player you really are. I’m eager to see what the hype’s all about.
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