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When I first saw this picture, I did a double take.

You will, too.

Meet Jaheim Oatis, who is in the 8th grade and is already the size of small oak tree. The middle school football player is 6’4 and 286 pounds, and already has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama. I mean, look at this kid:

How big is he now? He’s same the same size as Alabama’s current senior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (6’4, 288 pounds); he’s bigger than running back Bo Scarbrough (6’2, 235); and he would probably crush wide receiver Xavian Marks (5’8, 174 pounds) if he ever fell on him.

Big players aren’t unusual. Alabama is already recruiting the 6’2, 300 pound Coynis Miller hard. But Miller is a senior in high school. Oatis has a long way to go before he gets to high school prom.

And he could have even more growing to do.

He’s also now a one-sport athlete. He notes on his twitter account he already hits 84 on a radar gun in baseball ….

.. and, it seems like he has some hops in hoops, too.

Wow.

Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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