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!

My older son college 2019 went HA D3. He was an OF player started looking summer/fall of Sr year.  The D3's and NAIA are getting into their serious recruiting of Sr's shortly . He had multiple requests for pre reads from multple HA schools across the country but did not go ED for the simple fact we needed to know how much $ we were going to have to pay above and beyond our college fund before he commited to any school and that info comes out later. We dont qualify for need based aid but live in a high cost state so not rich by any means and he was not the only one going to be going to college.  Did it cost him some schools and coaches support at his then top schools? Yes it did but he still got into a top 20 HA school with a useful degree and had a succussful baseball run.  Just food for thought if it helps. 

This line amused me when a friend’s baseball playing son got into a NESCAC and didn’t get as much money as projected ...

“I told them I’m a musician. They must have thought I said magician.”

I didn’t ask details. But they managed it. They had a daughter getting her Masters at a private university at the same time.

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