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Saban offers 8th-grade graduated QB an Alabama scholarship
Alabama head coach, Nick Saban, alongside Thompson High School’s rising freshman quarterback, Trent Seaborn. (Courtesy: trentqb12/Instagram).

Saban offers 8th-grade graduated QB an Alabama scholarship

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (BVM) – QB phenom Trent Seaborn had his eighth-grade/Class of 2023 graduation ceremony in early June. Now, two weeks later, Seaborn has received a D-I scholarship offer to play football at Alabama from head coach, Nick Saban. 

“Our team (Thompson High School in Alabaster, AL), went undefeated at The University of Alabama football’s 7v7 and won the [championship],” Seaborn wrote on social media on Saturday. “And after a great talk with Coach Saban, I am so grateful to have earned a scholarship offer to Alabama.”

Trent Seaborn QB
Trent Seaborn is helping make history for Asian Americans as a Filipino American football player. Pictured are his dad, Jason Seaborn, and mom, Jowell Seabor. (Courtesy: trentqb12/Instagram)

Seaborn is talented in many aspects of his life. He carried an “A” average throughout his sixth, seventh and eighth-grade years. He even played in the middle school band as a saxophonist. 

Johnny Congdon of ABC 33/40 Sports asked Seaborn back in October 2022, “Would you rather be the starting quarterback at Alabama or be first chair in the Boston Pops (orchestra)?” 

“I love music a lot… [but] I would have to choose the quarterback before the music,” Seaborn said. 

Seaborn has plenty of options lined up for him as a 14-year-old. Just last week, he received an offer from Auburn. He’s also collected offers from top programs including UNC, Oregon, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and Hawaii. 

Here are the rules for recruiting that are specific to young football players, according to NCSA College Recruiting:  

“If the coach is truly interested in that recruit, they can extend a verbal scholarship offer. A verbal offer is a non-legally binding scholarship offer, and college coaches can extend verbal offers to a recruit of any age. It’s essentially a way for the coach to say, ‘I’m reserving a spot on my team for you.’ However, because verbal offers aren’t legally binding, coaches—and athletes—can back out of them at any point.”

QB Hit List ranked Seaborn as the No. 1 eighth-grade QB this past school year. Many can recall that QB Julian Lewis was also ranked No. 1 by QB Hit List as an eighth grader (and now he’s No. 1 by ESPN). 

Seaborn, listed at 6 feet, 179 pounds by 247 Sports, will graduate high school in the Class of 2027. The rising ninth grader is expected to be a starter for the Thompson High School varsity team (five-time AHSAA state champions).

Many can recall that Seaborn played on the Thompson High School team as an eighth-grader this past season. He was the Warriors’ starting quarterback in the playoffs and led the team to win the Class 7A state title over Auburn, 49-24. He threw 12 completions in 14 attempts for 207 yards and five touchdowns. 

As bizarre as it sounds that a middle schooler took the starting job over a senior quarterback – the reality is that Seaborn’s stats prove why he deserved it. In 10 games, he threw for 1,181 yards, 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He completed 71.4% of his attempts and he can throw about 60 yards.

With an offer from the Crimson Tide, Seaborn’s future looks bright and he could soon become the most sought-after quarterback in the country.