Report: FAU coach Lane Kiffin offers scholarship to 7th-grader

By The Sports Xchange   |   May 15, 2017 at 10:28 PM
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First-year Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin is looking to the future, as he offered a scholarship to seventh-grader Kaden Martin, the 13-year-old son of USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Kaden Martin would be in the recruiting class of 2022.

Kaden is a standout quarterback at Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach, Calif., and he is also an excellent left-handed pitcher in baseball. His fastball has been clocked at over 80 mph, and his Little League team made it to the California state finals last year.

Tee Martin told ESPN.com that his son will continue to play football and baseball as well as basketball.

Tee Martin worked under Kiffin at USC as wide receivers coach in 2012-13 when Kiffin was the Trojans' head coach. Martin is entering his second season as the offensive coordinator under Clay Helton.

"I'm just extremely proud and appreciative for the opportunity for Kaden," Tee Martin told AL.com. "He and coach Kiffin have always had a great relationship. I'm thankful."

In 2010, Kiffin offered 13-year-old David Sills a scholarship. Sills ultimately signed with West Virginia and is a wide receiver.

There may be questions as to whether Kiffin will be at Florida Atlantic five years from now. His track record does not suggest a long stay.

He spent a little over year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Kiffin was then hired as Tennessee's head coach but left after one season to become USC's head coach. He was fired by USC during his fourth season with the Trojans. He then spent three seasons as Alabama's offensive coordinator coach before being hired by Florida Atlantic.

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