USAFA ranks 98th out of 130 division one schools in football recruiting for 2016. We have offered at least 10 high school seniors scholarships to come and play football already. I know the thought process that football players make good leaders. So do scouts, kids that babysat, club leaders, dance marathon officers, etc. There are kids being offered prestigious appointments before they even apply. Before they seek nominations, before USAFA (and Army, Navy, etc) even truly know what kind of kids they are. I'm not saying they couldn't make it on their own without football, but I doubt all of them would. Should the entire class be selected on their own merits without athletic scholarships then hold tryouts for varsity sports? The teams may be less competitive, but is that why we selected those kids? To be football players or to be Air Force officers? FWIW, I love academy athletics. I just wonder if it is contrary to the mission. What do you guys think?