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Junior High Phenomenon Gets Offer From Bama

Junior High Phenomenon Gets Offer From Bama

Nicholas Tice / Contributor

Division 1 Collegiate football recruiters know a good talent when they see it, especially elite recruiters from conferences like the SEC and Big 10. The University of Alabama believes they've found a future star linebacker in 6 foot, 195 pound, Jesus Machado who is still just an 8th grader. This young phenomenon has also attracted the attention of Michigan State, West Virginia, and Iowa State colleges, but sources say Alabama has already offered Machado a scholarship.

Although this is not the first young talent to receive offers from elite football schools, it is still a very rare occurrence. What makes this early recruiting possible compared to 20 years ago is the exposure social media allows for talented athletes. It's not too often that an 8th grader is the size of Jesus Machado and just the sight of the young man on any social media news feed or YouTube page will likely go viral.  Machado has yet to compete in high school, but with such a size advantage and four more years of development, he will surely be one of the hottest recruits of his class.

Earning a scholarship for Division 1 athletics involves branding yourself to appeal to collegiate recruiters. Just like with any business Activ8 Media helps develop. A young athlete such as Machado will benefit from using social media to develop his or her brand of highlights and accolades. The more positive exposure an athlete attains the more likely a school will start looking their way. 

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