My son is a junior and recently has been receiving emails and now snail mail from the head coach of the swim team at USAFA. The most recent letter said that he is "highly interested in actively recruiting" my son. I've been reading through some of the previous posts on this forum and it appears that the academy sets aside a certain number of appointments for athletes. Is that correct? Does that mean those athletes do not have to necessarily have a 4.0 GPA and 30 ACT score? My son's GPA is about a 3.30 but he's an exceptional swimmer with several state championships as a high school swimmer so far in his first two seasons. He sees it as a bit of an honor to have the USAFA coach interested in him but doesn't believe he can actually get into the school because he hasn't been a straight A student (not that he's not capable of being one). He has decided to work hard this year in school (what a novel concept) and he has all college prep classes including physics and computer science. He'll most likely be a team captain this year and or next year on his high school team and he works part-time. Any thoughts on whether or not he truly has a shot at an appointment or if he should just be flattered by the coach's contacts and look at something more realistic for college?