Talk about seizing the moment. Recruiters from 2 Division 1 schools have extended scholarship offers to 8th grader, Chris Lewis. Check out how the AJC is reporting it

Two major-college basketball programs offered basketball scholarships on Monday to a middle schooler who is only 14 years old, is an eighth grader, and has yet to play in a high school game.

The young phenom is Chris Lewis, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward who has a mighty athletic pedigree: His father is former UGA football star Mo Lewis, who was an NFL Pro Bowl linebacker and played 13 seasons for the New York Jets.

Why on Earth would a college make a verbal offer to a middle schooler? More than likely, to gain an inside advantage later down the road. In Lewis’ case, much later – like the early signing period of 2016.

Lewis is already a playground legend. He averaged more than 20 points per game at Northwestern Middle School, which is located right across the street from Milton, the Class AAAAA powerhouse that has won two state championships in the last three years.

This past summer, Lewis – before he even started classes in eighth grade – posted several double-doubles in points and rebounds in scrimmages against much older players from Milton’s eventual state championship team.