Goosegg is spot on! Let face it just like the commercial says " most athletes will become professional is something other than their sport".
My son's goal was to leverage his baseball skills into an education that he may not have qualified with just his academic merit. Yes test scores and GPA are the most important but don't underestimate the BA or ERA! When Son went through recruiting he had opportunities at "state U", D1 and D3 HA. He chose D1 academic and all four years he witnessed the players graduating in four years with jobs. Not only do you form lasting relationships with the teammates but you also have a vast network of alumni who are very supportive.
I honestly believe that if having the opportunity to play at a HA is offered.....then take it. There are many HA players that get an opportunity to play at the professional level. Hell if you don't play maybe a scout, exec or perhaps a GM career can come calling!