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USC signs 8th grader to football scholarship

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How young is too young to recruit athletes? This week, USC offered a football scholarship to a 15-year-old incoming freshman to Upland High School. Nathan Tilford is a 6-foot-2, 190 pound receiver who is about to start summer practices at his new high school. USC offered a scholarship to a 13-year-old seventh grader a few years ago, and other schools have been doing the same. LSU offered a football scholarship to an eighth grader last year.

Why are schools making offers to these students so early? And how early is too early?

Jeremy Crabtree, Senior Coordinator of Recruiting for ESPN RecruitingNation