I am a female recruited athlete to USNA for track and field. This is a non-revenue generating sport, so “blue chips” aren’t picked out until the end when they are used more so to help an athlete at a disadvantage, rather than a top pick athlete. For track, they typically recruit an athlete who may not be top-notch, but is very good in the sport AND academics and therefore could make it in the academy otherwise. This said, I was given an official visit last month and they said they wanted us all badly and would try to ensure LOAs to all but they hadn’t picked their blue chips yet. Bottom line, for this sport blue chips seem to not be a big deal. My question is, when people say a recruited athlete is almost guaranteed appointment once nominated and 3Q’d, do they mean just blue chips or do they mean athletes offered a visit as well? I know there are ‘levels’ of recruitment (blue chip/LOA, official visitors, guarantee to NAPSters, preferred walk ons, and those likely to make a team but won’t get the budge at the board), and I was told I was one of the top picks, but now I am playing the waiting game and am curious as to if I am as likely to appointed as people say.