When Nick Saban extended a scholarship offer to eighth-grader Dylan Moses a few weeks ago, it started quite a stir on the college football recruiting scene, but a rather impressive picture has emerged that very well could validate Saban's offer.
In fact, it makes Les Miles—who offered Moses a year before Saban—look like a genius.
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Check out the nation's No. 1 2014 player (Leonard Fournette, Left) and the nation's No.1 2017 player Dylan Moses http://t.co/lDXgGDw3Ws2013-3-10 17:12:33
It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I could just let this staggering picture do the talking, but this is way too good to pass up on.
He's a big-time recruit, and he projects to be a star player at the the college level.
He looks small standing next to Moses.
Again, let me reiterate: Moses is an eighth-grader...
Football is changing, and this picture is a great representation of that change. Players are getting bigger, faster and stronger, and that in itself is forcing the game to evolve.
Nowadays we have defensive ends who can run like running backs, linebackers who can cover like corners and offensive and defensive lineman who become faster, stronger and more athletic by the year.
Not only that, but these changes are happening at a younger age, as players develop into stars as freshmen in high school, and in some cases even younger. Moses is the perfect example of that. He looks like he can step onto the field in an SEC game and fit right in. In fact, he looks like he could stand out in the SEC—and he hasn't even entered high school yet.
As the game evolves, so will recruiting.
It's not a stretch to predict that in a few years, hearing that Saban or Miles offered a middle school player would not surprise anyone. In fact, it could actually become the norm if the game continues to develop at this rapid pace.
Football is a lifestyle for many of these recruits. They train for it every day when they wake up, with what they eat and how they train. Parents, coaches, camps and even the media are pushing kids to become bigger, faster, stronger—sooner.
In a day and age when standing out is the best way to make it, you need to be beyond impressive to make an impact.
Right now, an eighth-grader looking like this compared to an incoming senior is beyond impressive.
In a few years, it could just be another day in college football recruiting.