A Somerset Junior High School football player is making national headlines after making a verbal agreement to play college football for Louisiana State University.
Zadock Dinkelmann is just 15 years old and still in the eighth grade, but LSU likes what they see in the young quarterback.
At 6 feet 4 inches tall and 208 pounds, Dinkelmann is already bigger than most of his teammates and opponents on the football field. But it's not just his size that sets him apart he's also one of the youngest players to accept an offer to play college football.
Dinkelmann and his dad recently got a call from the head coach at LSU offering a scholarship. It was a dream come true for the young Tigers fan.
"Since the fourth grade it's just been my favorite school," Dinkelmann said. "The SEC, the pound it play action, it's just exciting to watch."
Dinkelmann has been just as exciting to watch; the young quarterback has led his junior high teams to two straight undefeated seasons.
Since he's too young to officially commit, Dinkelmann made a verbal agreement to accept a scholarship at LSU.
"Both sides can back out, I can get injured or something can happen or they can change coaches or something and it might not work out."
Dinkelmann's dad, Johan Dinkelmann, said the offer was unexpected.
"You work for something like this, and you hope by the time they're juniors and seniors in high school you can attain something like this but being offered this young from a program like LSU was very unexpected," Johan said.
While some might question putting that much pressure on a junior high school student, Dinkelmann said the commitment just gives him more drive to achieve his goals. His dad agrees.
"I think it's a good thing, I don't see any negative in it," Johan said. "Obviously there's a bit of media blitz right now but I think that will die down, too, and he'll get back to work and do the things he supposed to, reach the goals he's set for himself."
Don't expect all this attention to go to Dinkelmann's head; he has plenty of family members to keep him from getting a big head, including his uncle Koy Detmer, who played in the NFL for 10 years.
"Certainly he's got the tools, and the ability and those kinds of things, and so just keeping everything in perspective and not allowing all the different things that go on the outside to affect him," Detmer said. "We just need to make sure he stays Zadock and he'll take care of the rest."
Zadock has another famous uncle in former Heisman winner Ty Detmer; so he has a lot of experience in the family to draw on.
Don't expect Dinkelmann to be leading the Bulldogs varsity team next fall; his cousin Koy Detmer Jr. will have that role. Dinkelmann will lead the freshman squad but already has dreams of winning a state title before heading to LSU.