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How young is too young to recruit?

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He's unstoppable on the football field, breezing past linemen and tossing players like rag dolls. Running back Dylan Moses is only 14, but the Baton Rouge teenager is already landing scholarship offers at the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.

"My knee jerk reaction was, how ridiculous is this?" Hillsborough High School head football coach Earl Garcia said Wednesday.

Garcia says that starting college recruitment in middle school is crumbling the foundation of football.

"There's a lot of questions for me. Can he not play high school football and still get a scholarship? Can he not play his senior year? Should he just wait until his senior year?" Garcia said.

While the promise of a full-ride may sound appealing to parents, some say this isn't the pre-paid college plan they'd cash in for their kid.

"I think it's a terrible idea. It's way too much a pressure to put on a child that's so young," said Oldsmar parent Teresa Werthmiller.

Experts agree.

"Developmentally, there's a lot of downsides to getting that kind of positive accolades at that young age," said sports psychologist Dr. Harold Shinitzky.

Shinitzky says Moses' verbal offers are a controversial move by college recruiters.

"For a young adult who's still trying to figure out who they are, how they fit in, the demands of what they're supposed to attain can be rather overwhelming," Shinitzky said Wednesday.

Currently, the NCAA has no rule regarding at what age colleges can start scouting students...something some high school coaches say needs to change.

"They need to take a look at the whole package because keep the kid in mind, that's what we're here for," Garcia said.

Dylan Moses' parents say they were surprised by the early offers and they're encouraging him take his time to make any decision.

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