It's obviously a very unique situation when an 8th grader receives an offer. Less than a handful of football 8th graders have been offered and Gabe Angel is one of those. His dad, Jamie Angel, explained how it came about.
"His uncle is a coach and he got a call from Mississippi State Coach (Angelo) Mirando saying that they would be offering Gabe," said Jamie. "Gabe called Coach Mirando yesterday and got the official (verbal) offer. It was a real shock to us but we are really excited."
Gabe, according to his dad, was also in shock with the early offer.
"It was a shock to Gabe but he is excited," said Jamie.
Being in such a unique situation, Gabe's parents are making sure he remembers he's still an 8th grader with four years of high school yet to be played.
"We try to keep Gabe grounded," said Jamie. "He's got a good mama, thank goodness. We always tell him to stay humble and work hard and honor God."
And Gabe understands that.
"He knows he's just in the 8th grade and still has four years of high school to play," said Jamie. "He knows he has to stay focused and help his high school team win some games. He does those things and it will work out."
While he's only received one verbal offer, other schools appear to be showing interest as well.
"Mississippi State is his only offer but we have heard about some other schools as well," said Jamie. "We've heard that Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt are interested in him."
Gabe and his family, due to the offer from Mississippi State, want to find out more about the Bulldogs.
"We are hoping to get down to Starkville this summer, hopefully to a camp so that they can actually see him in person," said Jamie.
Keep it on Scout.com and GenesPage.com for the latest recruiting information on this very talented member of the class of 2016.
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