Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by nikkip, May 8, 2015.
How much can recruiting for an NCAA sport help your admissions? Just wondering
It can make all the difference in the world.
Please elaborate? How can it help? What do they do? Were either of your kids recruited?
My 2012 was a recruited spring board diver. He was considered "blue chip." USMA flew him up for a visit and he was courted by the coach. He received an LOA very early because of his "blue chip" status, and received appointment around Thanksgiving. That being said, he had all the stats to get in on his own (grades, leadership, SAT), but being recruited made everything happen faster. It appears that USMA is more competitive now than when he applied (2008), so it makes sense that a recruited corps squad athlete would have a better shot at admission than someone w/ similar stats.
How can one get a "blue chip"? And do you think blue chips will help a person even if they don't have the required grades, sat, etc? Also, what If you get a blue chip, and an LOA, but not a nomination? Sorry for the questions, it's just im going through the process now as a junior
The coaching staff will decide which athletes they will pursue and "blue chip." My DD was told that the blue chip process would help her in the nomination process - i.e. help her obtain a nomination. The coaches have limited number of "blue chips" and will use them at their discretion to attract athletes that they want. Note that the coaches are recruiting many athletes - it is pretty clear that not every athlete is blue chipped and who is considered a blue chip athlete is ever changing throughout the process unless you are at the very top of the list. For many of the sports a simple look at the website can help you determine where your athlete falls. For team sports it is more difficult.
I would say that the term "blue chip" gets thrown around a lot early in the recruiting process but in the end for most WP athletes, they were not "blue chipped."
One last question, will the coaches tell you explicitly that you ARE a blue chipped athlete or do you have to hope and guess?
Depends on the sport. Mine was told. Others were not. If they want you and you cannot get a nom, they can use a Sup nom for you. However, if you are not academically qualified, they can't get you in. You still have to qualify in grades and SAT. That is what is meant by 3Q: academically, medically, and physically (fitness). What is your sport?
I'm a swimmer. WP is my top choice, and I'm doing everything I can to get in. What is a Sup Nom? Again, thank you so much for answering my questions I know I'm asking a lot. It's my dream, and I want to be as informed as possible.
There are different types of nominations. The superintendent has a set amount he can give (generally are used for athletes, not always). You can read about this on the USMA admissions page on requirements for admission. Have you already contacted Coach Wender?
I sent you a private message, if we could, I'd like to continue this conversation through there! Thank you
DD is a swimmer. Swimming is one of those sports where you will have a pretty good idea if you are going to be blue chipped. Look at the times on the website. If your times would be scoring at the conference meet and you would be one of their top two swimmers in an event, I would think you would have a good chance of being blue chipped. I second the idea to reach out to coach Wender and begin the dialogue.
I also sent you a private message, if you don't mind
Back in late January I was told by my FFR that it was very unlikely that I would get in and that I should think of reaplying. I called a coach that I had been in contact with for 6ish months and he said he'd see what he could do. Two months later I received my BFE. The coach probably helped me just enough to get in.
What sport do you play, and how were your grades? If you don't mind me asking. And were you at the top of the pool of recruits? Feel free to answer these in a private message if you don't want that information public.
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