Billy Gillispie’s early recruiting tactics have become the butt of jokes over many years, but what if he had us all fooled?
Today Nick Saban extended a scholarship offer to an 8th grade Jesus — Florida linebacker Jesus Machado. Michael Avery didn’t fulfill his potential, but Saban’s move provides a little validation to the process. After all, Dylan Moses was only an 8th grader in 2013 when he received offers from LSU and Alabama; now he’s the #2 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Saban was beat to the punch by Mark Stoops, who offered a few members of the 2020 class from the Detroit area earlier this month. The first was Justin Rodgers, a 6’4″ 260-pound lineman who will be a freshman in the fall. His future freshman teammate, athlete Enzo Jennings, also received an offer from UK’s secondary coach, Steve Clinckscale.
You can’t call Billy Clyde a recruiting innovator, but you can no longer call him crazy for recruiting 8th graders.