A 7th Grade Quarterback Has Received A Scholarship Offer From Lane Kiffin


Lane Kiffin may have just been hired as head coach for Florida Atlantic, but he's not wasting any time in laying down recruiting groundwork for years to come.

On Monday, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported via his Facebook page that Kiffin has offered a seventh-grade prospect, Kaden Martin.

Martin also led the Vols to a second consecutive SEC Championship in 1999 and held an undefeated record against five of Tennessee's six biggest conference rivals (2-0 vs Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Kentucky).

FAU is Kiffin's third head-coaching job in college football, and fourth in general, as he also worked two years as head coach for the Oakland Raiders.

The younger Martin plays at Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach, Calif., and has a future as a baseball pitcher as well, per Feldman. Kiffin's offer is the first he has received. Kaden's fastball has been clocked in the 80s, and his Little League team made it to the California state finals past year.

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The offer to Martin isn't the first time that Kiffin has extended a scholarship offer to a middle school quarterback.

Martin coached under Kiffin with the Trojans in 2012 and part of 2013 before Kiffin was dismissed in the infamous tarmac incident in September 2013.

In 2010, he landed a commitment to USC from then-seventh-grader David Sills. Sills decommitted from the Trojans and wound up playing wide receiver at West Virginia.

"Lane's thought was any news was good news", one staffer said.