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May 15, 2008 at 11:49 AM

How early is too early for recruiting?

It’s something every high school athlete waits for — a scholarship to play his/her sport in college.

Hundreds of athletes in the Seattle area are being recruited right now. And some of those most highly sought after are the underclassmen (e.g. Garfield basketball player Tony Wroten or Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps).

The growing trend is to snag ’em young.

But this isn’t exclusive to the United States. Certain Europeans soccer clubs are known to sign kids in grade school. Tennis, golf and many other sports start developing kids younger and younger these days.

Recently college programs like Kentucky basketball and USC football (basketball too, I guess) have developed a reputation for targeting the younger talents.

What are your thoughts on this fascination with getting commitments from 9th graders, 8th graders and below?

Fair game in a competitive business or too soon?

Morning stars

1. David DeCastro, Bellevue track — The hulking Stanford football commit threw 58-feet-4-inches at the SeaKing 3A district meet. It’s the best in the state this year, by far.

2. KingCo 4A hurlers — Redmond’s Erika Hendron and Stephanie Fox of Eastlake each threw complete-game shutouts in KingCo 4A tournament softball games in advance to the semis.

3. Darcie Richmond, Bothell golf — Sank a seven-foot putt for par on the last hole to win the KingCo 4A girls championship by one shot. She shot a girls course-record with a 69 in the first round.

4. Alyson Peters, Overlake golf — A round of root beers in the clubhouse was on Peters, who hit a hole-in-one on Jackson Park’s No. 8 hole en route to a 19-stroke win in the Emerald City League tournament.

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