How Important Are Grades to College Coaches?
My friend’s son is in 8th grade. He has the opportunity to attend some of the top private high schools in our area next year, schools that most kids and parents can only dream about. They are interested in him mostly because of his baseball skills, but he has decent grades and is also a talented musician.
That being said, he could miss out on these incredible schools because in today’s ultra competitive world, his array of A’s, B’s and an occasional C probably won’t be good enough for these top schools. He is young and still learning these life lessons, but starting next year in high school, this will become even more important.
Academics can open doors and shut doors, even for great athletes. Our friends from Scholarshipstats.com recently interviewed college coaches from all sports and across all divisions and they all had the same message, HIT THE BOOKS! Here is a summary of what they heard repeated most often by the coaches.
The importance of getting good grades starts early in high school. Too many talented high school athletes neglect their grades during their freshmen & sophomore years and try to catch up in their junior and senior years. Unfortunately it’s often too much ground lost early to make up.
Most college coaches are confident they can develop a high school athlete into a good college player. But they are also keenly aware they have little control off the field, and cannot force an athlete to hit the books and study. The High School athlete who is academically self motivated will move up the recruiting ladder.
Recruiting is a very intensive process and coaches have a limited amount of time and resources. Bottom line is coaches will only recruit those athletes they feel confident will be able to make a successful academic transition from High School to College. Enhance your recruiting profile – get the grades!
Here are some other reasons why good grades can be a big boost to your odds of playing collegiate sports: