Lindell Stone has become the latest eighth-grader to be offered a college football scholarship at UCLA.
The 6ft 2in quarterback from Dawson Middle School in Southlake, Texas, who weighs in at 190 pounds, joins the likes of Nathan Tilford and Dylan Moses in an elite group of students to receive offers upon the completion of their eighth-grade year.
"I'm very grateful right now," Stone reflected in an interview with ESPN. "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 pocket-passing quarterback with a developing arm first rose to prominence during the Elite 11 regional competition in San Francisco earlier this spring, where he earned praise from numerous coaches, despite not making the national competition.
"I think that gave me a little publicity and gave me the opportunity to show my skill set against other high school quarterbacks who are very talented," he added. "It was just a great opportunity to get my name out there."
Southlake Carroll has a strong tradition of producing high-level quarterbacks, with Greg McElroy of the New York Jets, and Chase Daniel from the Kansas City Chiefs both hailing from the Texas school.
Meanwhile, three-star quarterback Kenny Hill signed with Texas A&M out of Carroll in the Class of 2013.
Stone said that the offer from UCLA is very humbling, having always held an interest in the school, adding that whilst he is yet to speak with anyone, his father has already been in touch with a number of the college coaches.
"It's a very academically prestigious school, which is what I'm looking for in a college," he said. "It's also got a great football program.
"To have one of my top schools offer me so early, it's an honour. It's great to see all my hard work paying off in them giving me an opportunity."
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