Recruiting too early? Hawaii pleads the fifth-grader

fifth-graderThere are things that happen in college football that baffle the rational mind. I mean, I just don’t get it.

Here’s some recent examples …

Maybe Hawaii isn’t smarter than a fifth-grader: I say that because even a fifth-grader wouldn’t offer another fifth-grader a scholarship to a FCS program.

The father of 11-year-old Titan Lacaden, Frank Lacaden, told ESPN that Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich offered his son a scholarship this past weekend. Granted, the scholarship isn’t binding and Titan Lacaden has plenty of time use all his recruiting trips. And I also understand the Rolovich and Lacaden families are friends (Titan’s older brother Jake played lineback for Rolovich at Nevada). But still.

Maybe Rolovich wanted to make the offer before Alabama. Lacaden and his family know Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was the No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class. Frank Lacaden also coached former Oregon Heisman winner Marcus Mariota, now with the NFL Tennessee Titans (hey, get it?), at St. Louis High School.

Snapped up?

Vandy picks up a Michigan transfer. But calm down Commodores … he’s a long snapper.

I do not wish to demean long snappers. They have one of the most toughest and thankless jobs in football. They’re expected to make an accurate, upside-down pass and then, a split-second later, get mercilessly clobbered by a defensive lineman.

Having said that, most players become a long snapper because they can’t make the team as a lineman or a linebacker or even a kicker. It’s almost like you’re sneaking onto the team. And one thing you shouldn’t do as a long snapper is make an announcement on Twitter your intentions to transfer.

You’re one level above a team manager. Just transfer and get it over with. Nobody on your old team will know you’ve left and no one on your new team will know you’ve arrived.

And you really shouldn’t tweet about a transfer when you’ve only had you name mentioned when this play comes up …

Vanderbilt announced Wednesday the official transfer of Sypniewski and former Ohio State wide receiver Alex Stump.

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