Early Acceptance for Sports?

GCarter

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The linebacker for our football team committed to going to West Point around July or August before his Senior year (He had already been accepted). I'm looking at the application timeline that West Point has and it says that you should receive an official offer of submission anywhere from January-March of your Senior Year.

How did he get accepted so early and if it was b/c of his sports what is the best path to take so I could get accepted early?


I went to the West Point football camp and I won my position for the underclassmen (I was a Freshman) so I believe that I would be on track to someday contribute to West Point's team if I was to be accepted. I'm also an Eagle Scout and in the top 10% of my class so I think I'm going on the right track right now but if you have any additional tips about how to use football to my advantage please mention it.
 

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Recruitment for a student athlete will garner an earlier offer almost every time. Recruited athletes are exactly, RECRUITED, very early. Don't stress. Keep improving your skill set and be the
 

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The linebacker for our football team committed to going to West Point around July or August before his Senior year (He had already been accepted). I'm looking at the application timeline that West Point has and it says that you should receive an official offer of submission anywhere from January-March of your Senior Year.

How did he get accepted so early and if it was b/c of his sports what is the best path to take so I could get accepted early?


I went to the West Point football camp and I won my position for the underclassmen (I was a Freshman) so I believe that I would be on track to someday contribute to West Point's team if I was to be accepted. I'm also an Eagle Scout and in the top 10% of my class so I think I'm going on the right track right now but if you have any additional tips about how to use football to my advantage please mention it.
Recruited athletes often receive appointments early in the process, but July/August is quite early. Was he Appointed or Conditionally Accepted (LOA)?

An LOA would guarantee appointment as long as he was found qualified academically, physically, and medically. Medical would be the big one for a recruited athlete with LOA. If appointed, he would have to have completed DoDMERB prior to appointment. Also need a nomination, but not an issue for a recruited athlete they really want. The RC can give an LOA to an exceptional candidate, but USMA issues very few other than recruited athletes.

Even top candidates will wait until the January - March time-frame for appointment. Unless you can kick a 50 yard field goal, your research paper is being reviewed by the Nobel committee, or were the thirteenth member of 12 Strong - published timeline applies.
 

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I got accepted during the first week of October this year. Extremely early for the class of '23, but I was also a highly recruited athlete so that is probably why they wanted to make sure I had no trouble in choosing the school I ultimately wanted to attend
 

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I would suggest that this recruit was not already accepted in July as the application window opens that month. No matter how much you are recruited, you have to go through the entire process including DODMERB. Also remember that you cannot "commit" to service academy like you to do a civilian school. There is no letter of intent that ever gets signed.

This individual was more likely awarded a conditional letter of acceptance (LOA) and had to complete the application and medical process. His official appointment came later in the process.
 

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Unless you can kick a 50 yard field goal
Only 50?!?! (I'm a kicker)

Ya it must have been an LOA. I hadn't really heard of that until now but it makes more sense then how I originally interpreted the situation.
 
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Unless you can kick a 50 yard field goal
Only 50?!?! (I'm a kicker)

Ya it must have been an LOA. I hadn't really heard of that until now but it makes more sense then how I originally interpreted the situation.
Old Grads watching Army's kicking game in the past few years would be happy to blue chip someone who could just make extra points consistently. ;)
 
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