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USC signs 8th grader to football scholarship

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How young is too young to recruit athletes? This week, USC offered a football scholarship to a 15-year-old incoming freshman to Upland High School. Nathan Tilford is a 6-foot-2, 190 pound receiver who is about to start summer practices at his new high school. USC offered a scholarship to a 13-year-old seventh grader a few years ago, and other schools have been doing the same. LSU offered a football scholarship to an eighth grader last year.

Why are schools making offers to these students so early? And how early is too early?

Guest:
Jeremy Crabtree, Senior Coordinator of Recruiting for ESPN RecruitingNation

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