Here's a question that I was asked and I said that I would try to obtain an educated answer. A teammate of my son is being recruited for football by a couple of the service academies as well as about 6-7 Div 1-AA programs...a very good player, and smart as heck. He's had a small shoulder problem - nothing major (so he thought, just some discomfort every so often which he simply figured was soreness from lifting weights), however, he decided to finally have it checked out. It was discovered that he's got a small tear in his labrum - the doctor suggested that he have surgery in December after his senior season of football. Doctor said that with a brace he'd be fine for the upcoming season, but he really suggested to consider the surgery simply to "tighten everything up", full recovery with rehab is 4-6 months...(at least that's what this boy's parents have told me). The parents/player have spoken with the non-service academy schools and they said go ahead and take care of the shoulder after the season, his scholarship offers are fine - and worse case they will red-shirt him the first year (which is what they were probably going to do anyway). They have not spoken to the service academies yet...which is really where he wants to go. And you know why... a. If he has the surgery he will most likely be medically DQ'ed...is that a correct assumption? b. If he says nothing and doesn't have the surgery he would lying...he'd have to lie on his medical questionnaire (which he would not do). Anyone have any insight as to what I can say to this family?