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Texas Longhorns’ Youngest Ever Commitment

I read this morning that the University of Washington had signed a 14-year-old quarterback to a scholarship. That’s right, Tate Martell is not even an 8th grader yet, but he gladly accepted the scholarship offer that Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian offered him three weeks ago. Martell won’t be able to sign a national-letter-of-intent with UW until February 1, 2017. In Baton Rouge, Dylan Moses is also about to begin 8th grade, and he is being pursued by LSU. That is what happens when a 6-foot tall 14-year old runs a 4.46 40-yard dash at the LSU’s July football camp.

Joel Evan Kaplowitz
Joel Kaplowitz, the youngest college recruit ever. (Photo courtesy of Kaplowitz family)

Based on the exciting news involving both Martell and Moses, it should be no surprise to anyone that the University of Texas had already recruited my son, Joel Evan. I was a little surprised to received a phone call from head baseball coach Augie Garrido, but was impressed that they wasted no time to court my 7-week old. I have to admit, he has incredible hand-eye coordination for an athlete that is only 50 days old, but my alma mater was smart to get into the recruiting process early. They did offer him a scholarship earlier this week and I am happy to say that Joel will be heading to Austin to play baseball for the Longhorns!

My wife and I would have loved for him to stay close by and play at her alma mater, NMSU. Unfortunately, Rocky Ward did not get in on the recruiting process early enough like Coach Garrido. What about UTEP? Well, the Miners still do not have a baseball program and probably won’t in 2030, when Joel will be a freshman at the University of Texas.

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