Miami offers scholarships to three eighth-graders


The goal of the Miami Hurricanes is to stay hot on the recruiting trail. There are a number of ways to accomplish the goal more than just snagging a truckload of commitments.

This week, the Hurricanes took their efforts to another level, grabbing headlines by offering scholarships to three eighth-graders. You read correctly, a trio of rising freshmen have been offered scholarships by the Miami staff in the past two days.

One of the offers was to 6-foot, 175-pound athlete Kenny McIntosh, who attends University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A second eighth-grade offer went to running back James Cook, who will follow in his brother Dalvin Cook’s footsteps by playing at Miami Central. The 5-9, 180-pounder was offered by LSU last year as a seventh-grader. Cook said in late March that he grew up a fan of Miami, but also likes FSU with his brother having success in Tallahassee.

The third offer this week is out of the Peach State, to linebacker Owen Pappoe. The offer from the Hurricanes wasn’t the first for the next Grayson Rams national recruit.

The 6-1, 195-pound Pappoe doesn’t turn 15 until September.

Al Golden and staff already have three commitments in the class of 2018, including cornerback Al Blades Jr. of University School in Fort Lauderdale.