Tennessee Offers 8th Grader Football Scholarship

We all know that the world of college athletics recruiting can sometimes get a bit intense, but the Tennessee Volunteers have made it absolutely ridiculous. According to Youth1, eighth-grader Owen Pappoe has been offered a scholarship from the school, as well as from Boston College.

Now, for those who have needed to wipe their computer screens from the spray of a beverage or flat out get up off the floor, allow me to say that you read that correctly.

Tennessee has offered a football scholarship to an EIGHTH GRADER, as in someone who won’t set foot on the college gridiron for at least another four years.


Granted, despite his age, Pappoe is incredibly talented and large for his age at 6-foot-1, 194 pounds. His nickname is “The Freak” and while he doesn’t have a set position yet, most believe he will be a linebacker.

Regarding the offer, Pappoe kept his response simple: “I look good in orange.”

As exciting as this is, if you ask this writer, it’s just a sign of how out of control the world of recruiting can get. People are already getting excited about former NBA center Manute Bol’s son, 6-foot-10 15-year-old Bol Bol, and Tennessee offering a scholarship to Pappoe only takes it to the next level.

Sure, both may have a great deal of talent in their respective sports, but anything from injury to lack of interest in the sport can happen in the next few years, at which point all the excitement was for nothing.

Just the same, Pappoe does appear to have a great amount of talent for someone his age and wherever he decides goes to school, fans of the team should be excited.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

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