Mark Stoops knows the importance of getting on a player’s radar early.
Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to 7th grader and 13-year-old Jairus Brents. Brents attended Kentucky’s football camp over the weekend.
Brents, from Indiana, is a corner in the class of 2018. Although it’s an accomplishment to get offered so early, he says it’s not that big of a deal, via ESPN.
“It’s not a big deal. It’s just an offer,” Brents said.
“It’s a good accomplishment, but I’m focusing on being the best cornerback ever and working hard.”
The 5-8, 152-pound Brents was placed into a group of 2014 receivers at Kentucky’s camp, and he picked off three passes and broke up several others.
Stoops isn’t the only SEC head coach offering middle school prospects. Alabama and LSU have already offered a scholarship to 8th grader Dylan Moses.
Coaches can extend verbal offers at any age, but prospects must be seniors when handwritten offers are given out.
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