My daughter has been offered a 2 and 2 offer but the full scholarship are for years 3 and 4 as coach is at 12 counters her first two years. Clearly since the school is not bound by this offer for two years I am concerned given we have all the risk. Coach told us all the right things like he is making a 4/5 year plan with his team and expects her to make an impact right away. Said 3 or 4 times for us not to be concerned that the money comes in later years - as long as she is working hard and progressing she has zero to worry about. He is on a 4 year contract with possible 1 year extension. The school checks all the boxes my daughter wants in a school and she can get some academic merit to help years 1 and 2.
Appreciate your thoughts?
- Any verbal scholarship offer is just words and is not real until the scholarship papers have been signed.
- As shown by our current extreme, unforeseen things happen which can change the equation. Now, I didn't have world pandemic on my bingo card, yet the USA collegiate governing bodies are still trying to sort through the 2020 spring sport roster/scholarship adjustments, while trying to figure out what the heck we are going to do with collegiate sports this fall and winter!
- Less extreme is a coach getting fired, players getting hurt/quitting/flunking out which result in a program needing to recruit and scholarship another position or player.
- It DOES turn out the way the coach promised - We can't say all the time or most of the time or some of the time because there is no way to track these walk on to scholarship promises.
- As a walk-on, you do have access to scholarship support which is not athletically based. Depending on the recruit's academic status (grade point average and SAT/ACT scores), community service and family financial status, good scholarship packages can be arranged by the school's admissions and financial aid offices.