University Of Hawaii Offers A Fifth Grade QB A Scholarship–FIFTH. GRADE.
This is not fake news. Shortly after FAU coach Lane Kiffin made headlines for offering scholarships to sixth and seventh graders, Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich offered Titan Lacaden, an 11-year-old quarterback, a full-ride. Obviously, with a name like Titan, the pip squeak is destined for greatness, but the kid is in fifth grade. With a full scholarship. Dude is probably the king of recess.
Titan’s father, Frank Lacaden, told Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com:
“[Rolovich] said he likes Titan and what he does. We both agreed that he’s different, he carries himself differently. They said they want to offer a scholarship and asked me how I felt about it. I know what my older son went through in the recruiting process and it’s difficult, especially with us being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. So when opportunity knocks, you answer the door.”
Coach Rolovich’s relationship with the Lacaden family dates back years when Rolovich was the offensive coordinator at Nevada and coached Titan’s brother, Jake.
The Hawaii coach took to Twitter to troll cradle-robber Lane Kiffin.
Now, as Bleacher Report points out, these types of offers are nonbinding are are primarily about establishing relationships and creating headlines. The NCAA has guidelines on when scholarships can formally be offered, and it’s after children lose their baby teeth.
[h/t Bleacher Report]