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The younger and younger world of recruiting in college sports

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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A football player from Los Angeles Baptist High School runs through a pre-season practice. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Many high school students in Southern California are still enjoying summer vacation, but high school football players are already suiting up and engaging in pre-season practice. Many teams just finished 'hell week,' five days of grueling football practices.

And while there haven't been any games yet, college recruiters have already begun scouting players, some as young as 14 years old, in hopes of spotting the next college football superstar. Last month, the University of Washington made news when their coach recruited 14-year-old quarterback Tate Martell to play for the school in 2017. Martell is now in the 8th grade.

Most players are scouted in their junior or senior year, when they can sign a 'Letter of Intent' to join a college athletics program, but athletes who really shine are getting scouted earlier and earlier. David Sills was recruited in 2010 by USC after coach Lane Kiffin saw Sills in a YouTube video, when he was only 12 years old.


A Martinez, KPCC reporter

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