This is where the evolving spheres of responsibility between parents and players often meet, to wit, who is in charge of school selection and when/if those roles shift?
Can a kid who can't drive understand/appreciate the magnitude of such a decision? Would you allow your kid at that age to negotiate to buy an asset with a sticker price of $250,000? What if the sticker price is "only" $125,000? Which families can peer 4 - 8 years into the future financially and would you permit the kid, who can't remember to turn in homework, decide to commit the family fortune so early? Is the kid considering this expensive asset purchase as an investment in a productive major or as having cool swag?
My rambling point: this is NOT the players choice because he's just not ready - it's a parental veto situation. (And I strongly disagree that anyone can project with certainty an MLB player in 9th grade. The injury risk alone makes any projection simply a prediction; add to that all the other obstacles and it's folly to make that projection. And any ninth grade stud who hits a speed bump - academics, scores, character, HC change, laziness, etc. - will not ever see that NLI. [And, there is room at any INN at virtually any time in the process for that mythical stud.])
A parent can sit on academics, give financial support for developing baseball skills, research potential college matches, bring him to visit different type of colleges, go to some college games, meet with the guidence counselor and teachers until they understand the college selection process, speak with S about financial or other college limitations, while getting to increasingly turn over control to Junior of the process as he demonstrates he can do it.
BUT NO NINTH (or even tenth) GRADER is ready to enter into the oral commitment. College recruiters understand the environment, recruit for a living and match wits with anxious/insecure parents and players who go through it (except for a few posters) one time. Not a fair match; families are the antelope, recuiters are the tigers.