… Marlowe Clausi (age-13), the daughter of former Utah gymnast and Olympian Melissa Marlowe, has since received interest from UCLA, Florida, Auburn and other schools.
All the attention stuns even her mother, who grew up in the spotlight herself as an elite athlete.
“It’s crazy, it’s wonderful, but it’s so far away it just seems ridiculous,” Marlowe said of her daughter’s possible collegiate experience. “But it’s real.” …
… even those involved in the trend acknowledge they don’t like it.
“It is a huge concern,” Utah coach Greg Marsden said. “It opens up the door for more problems down the road. People change and situations change, so someone you thought might be a good fit when they were in the eighth grade may not be a good fit when they are a senior, but you can’t wait, either, because everyone else is doing it. You have to play the game.” …
College programs are courting 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds to get an edge.