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So A Nine-Year-Old Just Got A DI Football Scholarship Offer

  • Rick Chandler


There hasn’t been much buzz around he University of Nevada football program since Colin Kaepernick played there, but that changed today. According to southern California football trainer Mike Evans, the Wolfpack just offered a scholarship to a nine-year-old.

That’s not a typo, even though I’d like it to be. Havon Finney Jr., has just finished the fourth grade in Carson, CA (near Los Angeles), and already has a college offer. But he’s just one of two pint-sized players from Evans’ LacedFacts Training Academy to get college offers — Lovie Smith a Illinois recently made an offer to 10-year-old Bunchie Young (see below).

Garrick McGee is the offensive coordinator at Illinois.

Of course over in Europe the’re wondering what all the fuss is about — it’s not uncommon to find 16-year-olds playing in the league, and children as young as 11 are routinely signed to professional teams’ youth academies. In 2011, Real Madrid’s academy signed seven-year-old Leonel Angel Coira from Argentina (by he time he was 10 he had scored 300 goals for Los Merengues. Now 13, he plays in the Valencia system).

But American football is a different beast — it’s harder on the body, and arguably harder on the ego.