When you reach a height of 6-foot-5 by the eighth grade, you don't just stand out among your classmates.
You stand out to college coaches, too.
And in Blake Hinson's case, he's stood out to those in both football and basketball. The Daytona Beach (Fla.) Warner Christian Academy athlete picked up a scholarship offer from Florida State in both football and basketball Tuesday, according to 247sports.com. He weighs 200 pounds and is a wide receiver prospect in football. In basketball, there's no telling what position he might play because there's no telling how tall he might grow over the next four years, by which time he won't even have entered college yet.
According to the report, he was visited at the school by FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett on Tuesday, and also has a double scholarship offer in football and basketball from Miami. Other football programs that have offered Hinson include Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina -- not surprisingly, schools that are pretty strong in the basketball department, too. Athletes receiving scholarship offers years before they can actually sign a letter of intent isn't without precedent. About a year and a half ago, Baton Rouge, La., football star Dylan Moses committed to LSU after receiving a scholarship offer the summer before his freshman year of high school began.