It was recently reported that Tennessee was the first college football program to offer wide receiver Jacorey Brooks who lives in Miami. The reason we mention this is because Brooks is currently in the eighth grade and he will not play high school football until next fall when he attends Booker T. Washington High School. Brooks is already 6’3” and 165 pounds and he has received interest from colleges as a result of his play on a very well-known 7 on 7 team called the South Florida Express (his eighth grade school did not have a football team). Brooks is already looking to visit Tennessee and indicates he is also interested in LSU because they develop wide receivers well. I guess the biggest issue here is where does this all stop if schools are offering eighth graders college football scholarships? We are seeing the same thing here in Massachusetts with freshmen who have played a single year of high school football already being offered by top FBS programs but this seems to be a first where a college is offering a player that isn’t even in high school yet. With so many talented Class of 2021 eighth graders playing here in Massachusetts (including the Wellesley eighth grade class who won the AYF National Championship) it is probably only a matter of time before we see an FBS college program offer one of these players. College coaches are under ever increasing pressure to recruit top athletes and to win football games so it shouldn’t surprise anybody that they will do anything they can to try and secure a top prospect regardless of their age. It will be interesting to see if other colleges now also offer Brooks and he will be an interesting player to keep an eye on over the next four years. More locally it will be interesting to see if any college programs offer a Massachusetts prospect before entering high school and which of the 2021 recruits will attract the most attention.