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Some colleges are making upwards of 90 million a year off football programs so there's pressure to find more talent. That means recruiters are looking at a larger pool of players and now that pool has extended to middle schools.
When I heard kids as young as 13 were getting football scholarship offers I thought, "Well, this can't be good."
I set out to do a story on kids being run into the ground with 2 a days, 7 on 7s, off-season practices and injuries.
What I found were well behaved and well-spoken kids with a goal of going to school, not neccessarily being Cam Newton. They are smart about social media because they know recuiters are looking through all their accounts to see what kind of kid they're investing in. They take care of themselves when it comes to nutrition and fitness which means they rarely get injured. And parents are stoked their kids have a shot at college.
Sure, there's more pressure. Sure, there's the occasional Ahole parent who pushes too hard. But for the most part, these kids love it. So, here's the story.