by Fitzgerald Cecilio
Los Angeles, CA
UCLA has offered 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback eighth-grader Lindell Stone a scholarship.
The 15-year old who just completed his eighth-grade year at Dawson Middle School in Southlake, Texas, said that while he was very grateful for the offer his focus is on helping his high school team win a championship.
Offering scholarships to players years before they're ready has become a recruiting strategy to lock up a prospect.
In fact, Stone had been anticipating the possibility of the Bruins offering him after his performance during the Elite 11 regional competition in San Francisco earlier this spring, which earned the respect of coaches such as UCLA's Trent Dilfer.
Stone has yet to speak with a UCLA coach, but his father has been in contact with both offensive line coach/run game coordinator Adrian Klemm and director of football operations Matt Bernstein.
"It's a very academically prestigious school, which is what I'm looking for in a college," Stone said. "It's also got a great football program."
Stone is described as a pocket-passing quarterback with a developing arm who has shown capability to make solid decisions.
He joins a small group of eighth-graders who have earned offers, notably Nathan Tilford (Upland, Calif./Upland), who was offered a scholarship by USC earlier this week, and Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab), who has offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas and others.