The recruiting website Rivals.com has begun actively monitoring its first two sixth grade college football prospects ever, it announced on Friday.
The site added two Class of 2021 prospects to its database: Running back Tyson Thornton and quarterback Daron Bryden. Thornton is a 5'11" RB from Massachusetts, while Bryden is listed as a 5'2" pro-style quarterback from Connecticut.
Rivals.com said the two were "so impressive" at the recent NextGen Boston camp for sixth, seventh and eighth graders that they "were moved up to compete against the eighth grade prospects."
Thornton is a 5-foot-11, 167-pound running back with great explosiveness and surprisingly good body control for a kid his size and age. Bryden, a small quarterback with a big arm is incredibly composed and very polished -- and he can make every throw. And with a father standing nearly 6-foot-7, he may soon have the body to match his arm.
The site does not currently have any Class of 2020 players in its database. There are 15 eighth graders from the Class of 2019.
- Molly Geary