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Here’s a little story from the local paper that raises some questions.
An incoming freshman at New Canaan High School is already drawing attention from one of the top programs in college football.
Eighth-grade quarterback Drew Pyne, who will attend New Canaan in the fall, was offered a scholarship from Florida State, according to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday….
Already 15, Pyne currently stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs at 170 pounds, according to 24/7 sports. He lead his Pop Warner team, the New Fairfield Falcons, to back-to-back state championships and a New England Regional championship.
Does this kind of thing happen much? I know that professional teams in every sport scour the globe for young talent. But are college athletic departments now scouting players before they even get to high school?
When I told a friend about this, he suggested that elite college coaches might be worried that football is falling from favor as a youth sport. Perhaps fear of a dwindling talent pool is putting pressure on schools to scoop up the best players as quickly as they can. Seems plausible.
Pyne comes from a football family. His father — a highly successful sports business executive — captained the football team at Brown, and his uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather all played professionally.
So he’s got good genes, in addition to a strong arm. But can you imagine entering high school with a big-time football scholarship in your back pocket? I sure can’t.