UCLA offers QB who hasn't taken a high school snap
That didn't hold back UCLA from offering the soon-to-be ninth-grader, who probably hasn't even kissed a girl yet.
"I'm very grateful right now," Stone told Damon Sayles of ESPN RecruitingNation.com. "We're really not focused on recruiting right now. We're more focused on getting on the field at high school and helping a team win a championship, but this is big. It's finally showing how hard I've worked."
The future Southlake Carroll High School (TX) field general was picked as a standout at a regional Elite 11 competition in San Francisco, but was cut from the roster. Still, Trent Dilfer recognized his potential as a quarterback and gave him praise, along with other witnessing scouts.
This was enough for coach Jim Mora to offer Stone a scholarship, despite the lack of experience and quality opponents (how good can middle-school defenses really be?) to really test his skill set.
Stone seems like a good kid, but to say that "it's finally showing how hard I've worked" probably wasn't the best answer to give to high-powered media outlets. He hasn't even taken a high school snap, doesn't have a GPA and probably doesn't know what a weight room looks like.
But he is 15, and I suppose there's reasoning behind the Bruins' decision to get a head start on his recruiting trail.
Stone is already 6-foot, 180 pounds and obviously has plenty of room to continue filling out and maxing his height. It wouldn't be surprising to see him grow five inches and gain 50 pounds over the next four years.
Already dubbed as a Pro-Style pocket-passer (although he's seen scrambling all over the field in his highlight tape), Stone seems to know his role as a quarterback pretty well and made good decisions against basic defensive schemes and coverages.
There's really not a lot you can scout on a middle school quarterback other than basic fundamentals and playing the guessing game with how coachable he can be and how much upside he has as a future gunslinger.
UCLA is taking a big gamble here. but they're not the only ones—Stone becomes the third eighth grader to receive a scholarship offer, following Louisiana running back Dylan Moses and California wide receiver Nathan Tilford.
See you in 2017.
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