When talking about how to get recruited to play in college, the talk always centers around exit velocity, 60 times, Perfect Game rankings, etc…but there’s still one HUGE component that is being missed…your grades!
I recently came across these stats regarding NCAA schools and the percentage of schools you can get into with certain GPAs…
4.0 GPA= 94% of colleges
3.5 GPA= 72% of colleges
3.0 GPA= 51% of colleges
2.5 GPA= 21% of colleges
2.0 GPA= 8% of colleges
So next time you think baseball will open all the doors for you, please remember these stats.
Despite popular belief, college coaches can’t wave a magic wand and get you into their school if your grades stink. So any doors opened by baseball, can be quickly closed by your lack luster GPA.
Not to mention, that college is expensive! The cold hard truth is that there is more much scholarship money available for academics than for baseball.
DI schools only have (at most) 11.7 athletic scholarships which means that only 25 or so players on the roster (maximum) are getting even a dime of athletic money.
Do the math, that means that approximately 10 players, per team, aren’t getting ANY athletic money and that’s on a DI roster! So imagine watching the College World Series this past summer…at least 10 of those players, on each team, AREN’T on a baseball scholarship! And that’s DI…DII and DIII have even less opportunities for athletes to get athletic money.
Bottom line-your grades matter. There is NO reason why you don’t have a decent GPA in high school. None. Go to class, be prepared, do your HW, study, and ask for help when you need it!
A 2.5 is just plain lazy. There are a finite amount of colleges out there for you already…don’t cross more off of that list because you’re “too cool” to do your HW. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute