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U. of Hawaii offers a College Scholarship to an 11 year old

No Where Man : 6/16/2017 9:01 am
EWA BEACH, Hawaii -
He just might be the youngest recruit in history for the University of Hawaii Football team. Titan Lacaden is an 11-year old wide receiver with the All-Blacks Crusaders in Kapolei.

"He's definitely a special kid," said Frank Lacaden, Titan's father and co-founder of the All-Blacks Crusaders Football Club.

Titan just finished 5th grade, and his family says he already has his first offer to play college football with the Rainbow Warriors.

"It was heavy, it felt like a whole block of cinderblocks came on my shoulders," said Titan.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is one of his top three schools, and his mother's top choice.

"My mom is forcing me to go to UH, she doesn't want me to leave home," said Titan.

Titan's father said he knew football was his son's game when Titan picked up a football and threw it for the first time at 2-years-old, and as Titan got older, his talent only grew.

"I've been coaching for over 25 years, at St. Louis High School, and a few years here at Kapolei, and I've been here and I've seen a lot of kids and done a lot of camps, and at this age I have not seen somebody with the skills that he has," said Frank.

Frank said Coach Nick Rolovich talked to their family at football camp.

"Rolo pulled me on the side and asked me how I felt about a fifth grader, my son, being offered," said Frank.

They decided to go with it.

"I've been through the recruiting process many times, and it's a long, vigorous, narrow road, and many reach the door, but there's many times that the door just doesn't answer, and so when opportunity knocks you've got to enter, you've got to go, and so we went in," said Frank.

Titan has seven years before he gets to play college football. Until then, he's focused on his love of the game, a passion he'll continue to share with friends in the youth program who help make him a better player.
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I am Ninja : 6/16/2017 9:09 am : link
I have no opinion on the wisdom of offering 11 year olds athletic scholarships... but my question is, when you hear about these stories, what does it REALLY mean? Surely if the kid turns out to stink the University isnt bound. Surely the 11 year old saying, "sure I'll take it" isnt binding. What's the practical effect of the offer or the acceptance of the scholarship?
They must be really impressed by his academic workload  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 6/16/2017 9:15 am : link
and SATs.

D1 sports are fundamentally corrupt as to their association with academic institutions. The NCAA is just a joke at the D1 level.
Stunt.  
Montreal Man : 6/16/2017 9:46 am : link
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UH's team sucks - the kid would start this year  
PatersonPlank : 6/16/2017 10:47 am : link
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NGT!  
SterlingArcher : 6/16/2017 11:03 am : link
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My son had 34 sacks  
NNJ Tom : 6/16/2017 11:18 am : link
in 8 games as a 4th grader.

Why hasn't Alabama called yet?




RE: UH's team sucks - the kid would start this year  
PatersonPlank : 6/16/2017 11:18 am : link
In comment 13501785 PatersonPlank said:
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and yes I also believe its a stunt
It just gets worse  
WideRight : 6/16/2017 11:29 am : link
Ivy League schools are accepting commitments from high school freshman. Making it pretty clear that grades don't always matter even at the best institutions
Legally, does this amount to anything?  
Bob in Newburgh : 6/17/2017 2:27 pm : link
Kid too young to contract. Parents cannot bind him forward that many years unless indentured servitude and/or slavery is back.

Seems like it is just an offer which without the possibility of binding acceptance can be pulled at any time.

Connect the dots and I see publicity and not much else.
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