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UL Lafayette Offers Scholarship to 14-Year-Old Boy/Man

The Ragin' Cajuns have offered a scholarship to who they think will be the 2024 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

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Mark Hudspeth and the Ragin' Cajuns have made an unprecedented move by offering McKinnley Jackson, a 14-year-old with no high school football experience, a scholarship. Jackson is a 6'1, 272-pound defensive lineman from Lucedale, Mississippi who was seen by Hudspeth at a satellite camp in Ocean Springs, Miss. just this past Wednesday. This is not a drill. I repeat. This is not a drill.

This is a smart move from the Ragin' Cajun head coach considering there are no players on the 2021 roster. From a recruiting aspect, Hudspeth's experience being an assistant at Miss. State back when Jackson was eight years old will likely play a huge part in his recruiting decision.

Without satellite camps, this young talent likely doesn't get offered a scholarship for three to four years, proving that there is value in continuing these practices. Stay tuned over the next four years to see if and when Jackson makes a decision on his college football future.