Still Waiting.....but not sure we can wait much longer

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by MattyJ, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. MattyJ

    MattyJ New Member

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    This is a very frustrating process for my son. He was offered an appointment at VMI and it seems foolish to take it until we find out from Air Force, but its tied to an NCAA sports opportunity as well and I dont want him to miss out. He has contacted the Liaison several times now at USAFA asking whether or not he is being considered as a competitive condidate or not and to just tell us....and they have not responded. This is the second time he has asked the question.
     
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    This is one of the hard parts of being recruited and dealing with options that can be pulled at anytime with a wait. The other option is to sign his national letter of intent and have a clause written in that he can back out if he receives an appointment. Its something to consider. Its unorthodox, but heck I had NLI that had been modified to state I couldn't surf, ski or ride a Motorcycle. I had negotiated to cross out the surfing and allow it in the off season for one school.
     
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    MattyJ New Member

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    Academys dont participate in the NLI, therefore if you sign an NLI with one school, it doesnt matter because the NLI just means that once you sign that, no other schools that participate in the NLI can recruit your kid....
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Historically, most appointments are given in March-April.
     
  5. Falcon A

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    Matty -- While what you say appears to be "technically correct" (have seen this advice on "help with recruiting" websites), I didn't see this clearly stated on the NLI website. It probably also depends on what the Academy's practice is regarding players that sign an NLI. I couldn't find anything clear on-line from USAFA but did find the following from USNA's website, it appears they respect the NLI: http://www.navysports.com/compliance/navy-compliance.html

    "National Letter of Intent

    While the Academy doesn’t subscribe to the National Letter of Intent (NLI), other institutions you may be considering do. You may get information on the NLI byvisiting their website. Once you sign a NLI with an institution, you are bound to that school for one academic year."

    If your DS isn't going to play a NCAA sport at USAFA, it may not matter. If he is, in addition to USAFA admissions, he might want to contact the appropriate USAFA coach to see where he stands and to get some advice. Best wishes.
     
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  6. MattyJ

    MattyJ New Member

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    Thanks for the advice. He did talk with the coach and that was the advice. I believe he had the right intensions of not wanting my son to completely lose out on a good opportunity while still taking advantage of the great opportunity at USAFA if hes Appointed. My son is a very "Good" athlete, but not the Blue Chip type that they were going to use up a spot on.
     

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