High school athletes can have better opportunities with better grades.
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Getting noticed, putting together a good highlight tape and playing in important events will only take a high school lacrosse player so far.
If the athlete does not have the grades to get into a school, it won't matter how talented they are on the field.
As recruiting has accelerated, with players committing before their junior seasons, coaches have started looking at grades during freshman year and PSAT’s to get an idea if that player will qualify.
ESPN RISE spoke with two Division I coaches about what coaches look for academically.
ESPN RISE: What academic requirements do coaches look for when recruiting a player?
Lelan Rogers, Syracuse Recruiting Coordinator
“Every kid needs to have a broad base – your four sciences, four English, four math and social science. We like for kid’s GPA to be the higher the better. If a kid is a good high school student we can go ahead and put more time in other areas rather than keeping an eye on (them). If I get a kid around an 1,100 or 1,200 SAT and a 3.2 to 3.5 GPA, I feel pretty good about that.”
Charles Toomey, Loyola
“We all want the best student we can get who fits the admissions profile for our university. It’s important they understand that we’re now looking at their freshman- and sophomore-year grades. We’re also looking at PSAT’s. Those are becoming important years and important tests because it gives us an indication of where they’re going to be when they’re making their commitment.”
Next week: What should athletes be doing to prepare themselves academically?
Also upcoming: How have freshman year grades increased in importance? Also, ESPN RISE will begin talking with Division III coaches for a continuation of the Recruiting Road series.
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