Admission Question

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  1. crs_mom

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    A friend of my sons told him that he was being "chiped" by a coach in the admissions process. What exactly does that mean ? How much does that factor in to obtaining a LOA ?
     
  2. mom3boys

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    If a recruit is considered "blue chip" it means they really want him, and although I have no confirmation, I believe it helps the LOA process. A blue chip recruit is probably flown up for a visit on the USMA nickel and shown a great time (taken to games, big breakfast w/ other recruits, etc). Non-revenue generating sports need their recruits to go after their own noms. Often football players are recruited later (and miss the whole applying for noms bit), so they rely on other nominating sources (Supt. noms, etc). By sending these other athletes an LOA, they simply have to appear on a slate and will then receive the appt. if all conditions are met. MOCs want to nominate candidates with LOAs so they have constituents who get in.
     
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    Thank you mom3boys !
     
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    A friend of mine last year was recruited for swimming, and USMA paid for her to fly up there. Although I am not certain exactly what she did on her recruiting trip (though I can ask if someone wants), I know for certain she was taken on a tour and got to speak with cadets on the swim team.

    I have another friend who was being recruited for softball this year, and she received a LOA in September, if I remember correctly. Because she only has a 27 ACT, I believe it is safe to say that recruiting does help with the LOA process. (Not to say that a 27 ACT is bad, per se, it just wouldn't be enough on its own for a LOA, imho).

    My swimmer friend is currently a plebe at USMA this year, and my softball friend turned down the LOA. Remember, though, that what you really want is an appointment, not a LOA. My swimmer friend did not receive a LOA.
     
  5. Doctor D

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    Hopefully this will shed some light on the athlete being recruited, the LOA process and more. I just went through this with my son and not for football. First of all you still have to have the grades and go through the process. The coach had our sons SAT score, high school records, letters of recomendation and more, ahead of time, so the coach knew he could qualifiy academcally.

    Here is what happened when he was recruited. He went to West Point for a two day overnight as dictated by the NCAA rules. We took tours he stayed with two different players, went to class, went to a football game, went to a game in his sport, we met with the coach, thought it over for a week and he committed to play at West Point

    All things being equal, it probably does help being a recruited athlete. The director of intercollegiate athletics for West Point sends a letter to the Senators and Congressman telling them this is a recruited athlete. The athlete still has to complete all the essays, physicals etc. He received his LOA first couple of days of November, then took physical assessment test and received nomination third week of November. Just now waiting for the brown envelope. Hope this helps.
     

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