What would academic reasons be?my son isn’t good enough right now to be recruited by an Ivy, doesn’t throw fast enough.
Most of the kids I know/know of who went to an Exeter type school weren’t looking to improve athletically. They were already recruited by Ivies and had one foot in the door. The Ivies told them a contingency of acceptance was succeeding with the academic rigor at these schools for a year.
Assuming he’s going to throw harder and be in demand in one year is a risk. Why not focus on NESCACs or Centennials? Unless the objective is to turn pro the baseball objective should be to find the best possible baseball experience regardless of level along with the best possible education. The kids who attend NESCACs and the top Centennials get into the same grad schools as Ivy Leaguers.