Originally Posted by COGatorman
So, to bump this thread for obviously self-serving gratification - my son played a bunch of JV and about 5 games of varsity football (3rd string) this season as a sophomore. Fullback (his best position) and inside linebacker (his preferred position) at both levels. A few noted yards running and catching on Maxpreps (a parents dream to see their kid's name and stats online!).
His team won a state championship this season and he (and I) feels like he was an integral part as a time consuming player and scout team animal! Just want to toot my son's horn - he is a good kid and takes it seriously!
I have no illusions about his ultimate potential - he will ultimately be a good high school football and lacrosse player that will ultimately go to college on my dime. But man, I can't even begin to imagine the fun he is having right now! I never played on a team that sniffed state greatness and he has been there already and has so many more opportunities! #livingvicariously (and loving it!)
If he's a good student, don't rule out the possibility of sending him to a good D-3 school mostly on their dime. Those are typically not athletic scholarships, but they find money for promising athletes who meet their academic standards. The higher the academic standing of the school, the more money there is laying around. Have two friends with kids at Grinnell in Iowa, one whose son is playing basketball and the other whose daughter is playing soccer. Grinnell outbid Williams for the basketball player. I believe Katie had an offer from Wash. U, but Grinnell came in with decent money and a better chance of playing time. FWIW, Warren Buffett recently donated a few hundred million to the school. I'd check small northeastern lib arts schools for Lacrosse, Vassar, Bard, Colgate and Hamilton are all good schools with decent sports programs. The Midwest lib arts schools are good for football; Oberlin, Kenyon, Macallaster, Carleton and Knox. Some good football schools in the south too; Davidson, Washington and Lee, Sewannee and Rhodes. For either sport, you gotta look in your own back yard. Colorado College is an awesome school and a has serious dedication to athletics. Friend of my daughter's is a freshman on their soccer team. He has D-1 skills. I know he got some money.