Not really…but it’s clickbait. My point starts with the video below:
9 YEARS OLD?!
At 9 years old I was still learning what deodorant was (for those who know me know I didn’t learn for another couple years), let alone being able to consciously decide what college I wanted to go to.
It’s really just taking advantage of kids who have no clue what is going on in their life and literally took the first offer they got. It’s scummy, but I guess college sports are just that competitive now, which is sad.
And the worst part is, these kids can get these offers retracted if the school doesn’t feel they are up-to-par when their time to finally go to college comes. So essentially, these 9,10, and 11 year olds are telling their friends right now they are Division 1 commits and are riding the Gravy Train for the rest of their lives. But, for some reason, if they decide they don’t want to play football for the next 25 years, or maybe their bodies don’t develop in the ideal way, then the college can say “We don’t want you anymore” and leave the poor kid with a broken heart and no clue where to go in life. There’s no accountability from the college’s end, and all the responsibility falls on the kid to force himself to now be a Division 1 athlete.
This is like calling shotgun from inside the store just because you don’t want anyone else to get it, and you know that the rules CLEARLY state the car has to be in sight, but you do it anyway because you know you’ll get it. It definitely does not give everyone a chance to have a horse in the race.
And for those saying the kid committed to this and he is just as responsible if something goes wrong, HE IS NINE YEARS OLD. Wouldn’t you take this offer at 9? If someone offered me McDonald’s at 9, I took it. Now someone offers everything you ever wanted. Uh, yes please.
College should not even be a thought until you’re at least 14 or 15 years old. This is absurd, and although the title is extreme, I can absolutely see something as insane as that happening in the near future.