USC Football Signs 7th Grader


The University of Southern California (USC) has given a middle-school football quarterback from Bear, Delaware an athletic scholarship. The Wilmington News-Journal reports that:

Friday morning was like no other for [David] Sills, the 13-year-old seventh-grader at Red Lion Christian Academy who Thursday night sent shockwaves through the sports world.

Sills had made verbal commitment to accept a football scholarship from the University of Southern California upon his high school graduation in 2015.

Sills, who is 5-foot-11 and 136 pounds, has a very strong passing arm and apparently vast leadership abilities.

Nothing prohibits coaches from signing children to athletic scholarships. High school students routinely commit to attending colleges on athletic scholarships before they are actually admitted to the schools.

Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan said on ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption” that the verbal commitment by Sills was “a classic example of bad parenting.”

Sills reportedly celebrated the scholarship by going out to dinner with his family at a Friendly’s Restaurant. Sills ordered a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup sundae.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer