Lane Kiffin, FAU offer scholarship to 13-year-old QB son of Tee Martin

Lane Kiffin, the newly announced head coach of Florida Atlantic University football, speaks to the press at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on December 13, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Lane Kiffin is back scouring the middle-school ranks for the next quarterback prodigy.

This time around, Florida Atlantic’s head football coach reportedly has his sights set on Kaden Martin, a seventh-grader out of Redondo Beach, Calif. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported the news.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Martin is the son of former Tennessee quarterback and current USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. The younger Martin is also a promising baseball player, according to Feldman, with a fastball clocked in the 80s. The elder Martin worked under Kiffin during his time with the Trojans.

“I’m just extremely proud and appreciative for the opportunity for Kaden,” Tee Martin told AL.com. “He and Coach Kiffin have always had a great relationship. I’m thankful.”

These aren’t uncharted waters for Kiffin.

In 2010, he landed a commitment to USC from then-seventh-grader David Sills. Kiffin was fired before Sills finished high school. Sills decommitted from the Trojans and wound up playing wide receiver at West Virginia.

Former members of Kiffin’s USC staff later told Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes that Sills’ uber-early recruitment was a way to bring attention to the program.

“Lane’s thought was any news was good news,” one staffer said. “He knew it would be the lead story everywhere.”

No matter Kiffin’s intentions now, the end result is the same — the Owls are all over the national radar.

Martin clearly has some athletic promise, but he’s a class of 2022 member who has yet to take a high school snap. There’s no telling what type of recruit he’ll be by that point, or even if Kiffin will still be calling the shots in Boca Raton. Kiffin hasn’t coached in one spot longer than the three-plus seasons he spent at USC.

But none of that matters now. FAU has gone viral because of Kiffin … again.