My son is an official recruited athlete, with high academics (top 25% of USMA applicants), a nomination (competitive), and has passed his medical. The only thing remaining is he is retaking his CFA on Monday. The first time he wasn't thrilled with his scores (esp. pullups - he is 220 lbs and very top heavy) and has been working out heavily for six weeks so that he can do better. Two of his friends have gotten appointments already (both to USNA) but the USMA coach is saying we won't know about appointment until February - but that DS will receive an "offer" and that it is a done-deal. My husband and I are pretty clueless on this process. What does this all mean? How certain is it that he would receive an appointment? DS has applied to a couple of other schools, but now I am wondering if he needs to apply to more, apply for scholarships and ROTC, etc. Thanks to all of you for your contributions here as well as to our country.