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The eighth-grader who committed

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HejiraHenry, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    An eighth-grade baseball player from our area has committed to an SEC school.

    Yep. Eighth-grader. But he is coming off a run on the USA Baseball's 14-and-under team, so he can play.

    But goodgodalmighty, he's 14 ... barely.

    It just makes me sick to my stomach to think of the can of commitment worms we're gonna open up by printing this.
  2. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    My reaction is more like, an SEC school wants to sign an eighth grader? I feel like they're going to take a PR hit on this.
  3. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Lane Kiffin wonders what the fuss is about.
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    This has happened a couple of times with football, where some 14-year-old QB commits to a team. It's not an official thing. They haven't signed a letter yet, and the school can withdraw it.

    Still, it's pretty scary and ridiculous that colleges are recruiting eighth graders.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    It's the SEC. You sure it's not a senior with an eighth grade education?
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I could have sworn UK got an eighth-grade "commitment" a couple years back. Might have even been younger.

    EDIT: Found it. He was in eighth-grade.


    And a follow-up story:

  8. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    How meaningless is a middle schooler committing to a college baseball program? Even with a senior, signing with a college team doesn't mean much until he sees where he's drafted.
  9. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Damon Bailey was also recruited by Indiana as an eighth-grader.
  10. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    And promptly became a punchline.
  11. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Do the kid a favor and make it, at best, a note or part of a notes column, and not a story with its own headline.
  12. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Buried it with the "in brief" items at bottom of scoreboard rail this morning ... our smallest readership paper this time of year.
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