Academics, Rather Than Athletics?
It can’t be reiterated enough how important the role of academics play in your college recruiting process. Some student-athletes are under the impression that if they are a phenomenal athlete, it will supersede everything and they will get into the school of their choice because of their athletics. This could not be ANY further from the truth. The fact is, academics play a more important role in the college recruiting process than athletics do. In my experience as a college coach, I have recruited many top level athletes. Some of these athletes made the team; however, there have been many that had to go elsewhere due to their poor academics. Remember, all of your classes and grades count toward eligibility. This encompasses the day you enter high school to your final exam. At some colleges, if you get a ‘D’ early in your high school career despite having a GPA well qualified for that school, it will harm your opportunity for acceptance.
It’s also important to know the NCAA Eligibility Center criteria. ”NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements below). These 10 courses become 'locked in' at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.”(NCAA.org) Also, the eligibility rules for the class of 2016 are more regimented than any previous class. It is important not only to stay on your academics, but to know eligibility rules so that your athletics may bring you to the right school. More opportunities will present themselves at the collegiate level with academics, rather than athletics.