First; it is entirely possible for multiple candidates getting appointed out of the same district. Secondly, all things are relative. USMA uses a WCS system which awards points in several different categories. The academy is not required to award the appointment for an MOC spot to the candidate with the highest WCS, but generally that is the case. Recruited athletes still compete for the same nomination MOC slots, but sometimes can receive an appointment through the superintendents picks. Keep in mind you will have at least three MOC slots to compete for; your congressman, and two senators. Additionally, if you receive a nomination you, and are fully qualified, you will compete on the NWL. You did not mention what your application numbers are, but if you are highly competitive, fully qualified, and receive at least one nomination, there is a very decent chance you will get an appointment. I wouldn't let the athlete being in your district discourage you. Honestly, there may be three or four recruited athletes in your district. Look at the class profiles for the last few USMA entering classes, and work to put yourself in a premium position. Get your ACT scores up there, and be near the top of your HS class rank. Multiple Varsity team sports will help; team captain would help a ton. Student council or NHS officer spots, will score a lot. Do what you can. You have lots of time, and wont want to think about what could have been.