A common philosophy that many great coaches have is to primarily recruit players who have a high likelihood of graduating from the University. If not, it’s a stressful life working with a roster full of players who are borderline-eligible every semester. The stress is often not worth it!
Ultimately, you want to be able to recruit players who will transition to campus, that won’t need to be pushed or babysat every step of the way. You don’t want a roster full of players who can’t handle the work load or who can’t stay eligible. Consider the academic resources and support that you are able to provide, and if they will have issues beyond that.
Sure, there are special cases, particular players will need extra academic attention from your staff. But at the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to recruit players that you can provide an excellent college playing experience to, and players who have an opportunity to earn a college degree.
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