This future star was country strong even as a young boy. The key to figuring out his identity might be in the eyes, as that piercing gaze is even more captivating today than it was in this photo, which was taken in the late '90s/early '00s.

This photo might look familiar, as it was shown on television in the spring of 2011. In addition to being an exciting up-and-comer, the singer is also holding down a full class load at a university near his home town. Can you guess who it is? Click the button below to find out if your guess is right and to see more pictures of country stars as kids.

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