A 13-year-old boy has allegedly made a “verbal commitment” to go to USC when he gets big and be the school’s quarterback in 2015.
The kid, David Sills, has been watched by recruiters for years. When he was 11, Sports Illustrated was covering him. When he was 12, CBS was on the story; one of their sources said, “Allowing 14-year olds to make a college commitment is very premature.” Wonder what he thinks about this?
This sort of thing has been going on for a while. Our own Graham Rayman has written about the intense competition and pro dreams of children in youth basketball leagues.
What the hell. A lot of our current movie stars, like Reese Witherspoon and Kirsten Dunst, started as child stars. We’ve had pre-teen bands like Old School and Care Bears on Fire. We’ve had a 13-year-old addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference. And wait’ll you get a load of Kick-Ass. “They” don’t just “seem to get younger and younger all the time”; they do get younger and younger. (They’re also having children younger and younger.)
Let’s just get it over with and admit this is the Day of the Tween. Don’t look over your shoulders, 18-year-old hags and burnouts! Your little brothers and sisters are gaining on you.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 5, 2010