The future is now…at least in college football recruiting departments.
Tyreke Johnson, an eighth-grade student at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, remains months away from his first freshman quiz but already holds more college scholarship offers than the majority of opponents he’ll face this fall.
Ohio State is the latest in a long line of programs to extend an offer to the 6’1″, 175-pound athlete, according to ElevenWarriors.com reporter John Brandon. Johnson is the latest in a long line of junior high students being swarmed by coaches fishing for a signed letter of intent four years down the line.
There are hundreds of rising seniors across the country who’ve won state titles and set school records without even a glance from Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer.
Johnson, a gifted playmaker who is closer to elementary school than his senior year, can now boast he has an open opportunity to compete for the two-time national champions.
These days, he’s hardly alone as a football phenom who arrives at the high school educational level with at least a few offers in hand. Sure, these stories remain relatively rare, but the shock value has steadily decreased in recent years.
Ohio State is one of several squads that opted to enter this particular recruiting race at an incredibly early stage. Florida State, Miami, UCLA, Virginia Tech and LSU are among a growing list of schools already keeping tabs…