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A college football question (sorta) - Not Steeler related


I was chatting with the parents of one of the older teens who works out with the same off-season trainer as my boys. Turns out one of the two older teens, a RB, had just signed a letter of intent with Simon Fraser University (a Canadian NCAA II school). The other (a grade 11 DE or LB) had just won a competition for a $3k promotional package from a company who promotes players to various colleges and universities in Canada and the USA. Then he mentioned that the Division I colleges in the US are scouting and wrapping up kids when they are in the 10th grade (!?!?!) while our kids are not usually considering their post secondary schools till grade 12.

I guess what I want to know is if it is true that kids are signing letters of intent in 10th grade? How are they able to scout kids that young and have any idea of how good they will be? Heck how do they even know how tall they are going to be? I look at my two 14 yr olds and I don't know where they will stop growing or even what positions they will play next year.

I am not trying to promote them for a college as we are hoping they will do their post secondary here. I tend to think of sports as something they can do in addition to what ever academics they pursue as opposed to the other way around.

If someone can recommend any decent sites to learn this information I would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.

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