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Billy Gillispie isn’t the only one Offering 8th Graders

Garry Jones | AP

 Garry Jones | AP

Garry Jones | AP

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for Billy Gillispie isn’t the only one Offering 8th Graders



  1. theWilkman
    10:38 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

    my God, 6’4″ 260 lbs. 8th grader?