Hialeah (FL) linebacker Jesus Machado is not your typical eight grader. The 6-foot, 195-pounder, out of Champagnat Catholic, is already playing varsity football, and holds offers from a handful of Division I college football programs as a member of the 2020 recruiting cycle.
On Wednesday, Alabama extended an offer to make it a total of five, joining the likes of Michigan State, NC State, West Virginia and Iowa State.
Machado is clearly a lifetime away from signing his name on the dotted line during 2020 National Signing Day, but it's interesting to see programs like these already reaching out to the youngster. They likely won't be the last.