Per ESPN.com’s Derek Tyson, the Alabama football program has recently offered eighth-grade linebacker Jesus Machado. Machado is an extraordinarily talented member of the Champagnat Catholic School’s football team in Hialeah, FL.
Machado has oustanding size for a middle school athlete, as Scout.com lists the young player as being 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide football team is not the first to give Machado a scholarship offer. The linebacker has received verbal offers from North Carolina State, Iowa State, Michigan State and West Virginia. Of course, verbal offers are not binding ones between an athlete and a school.
Students that are not yet seniors in high school are unable to be officially offered. This means that Machado will have to wait until the year 2020, when he is finishing out his last year of high school, to actually sign with his desired program.
Machado is not the first eighth-grader to receive a football scholarship offer. In 2013, eighth-grade student Dylan Moses was given an offer from LSU. Moses would later go on to commit, and then change his mind and re-open his recruitment.
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