Based on statistics, approximately 6.8 percent of high school football players go on to compete in the collegiate ranks, a price that comes with each Division II and III systems. The price shrinks considerably if handiest athletes at Division I systems are regarded as.
Those numbers imply not anything for All Saints High School in Forth Worth, the place a complete 10 p.c are headed directly to Division I football systems. That’s 10 p.c of the school’s whole senior magnificence, now not 10 p.c of their football taking part in seniors.
As profiled by way of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, All Saints’ 10-man 2018 Class contains two signees to Oklahoma and Rice and one each and every to Texas, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, SMU, Air Force and Dartmouth. Of the ones 10, only one (Dartmouth signee John Paul Flores) is headed to a FCS program out of doors the FBS best flight.
While some critics have pooh-poohed All Saints’ collegiate pipeline by way of claiming the school is an energetic recruiter of ability, All Saints officers insist that isn’t the case. Rather, they are saying the educational rigors of the school each limits the scope of scholar athletes they absorb whilst additionally making the ones athletes extra horny to university coaches who know they are going to qualify to compete on the subsequent degree.
“We’re not mercenary,” All Saints coach Aaron Beck told the Star-Telegram. “Do we simply take seniors on a whim? No. We’re a powerful school prep school the place lecturers come first.
“What I’ve found over the last 15 years is that in our sector, where test scores are generally higher, it’s easier to get kids into college. I wake up 10 years later and we’ve built a program that colleges are very comfortable with. Our kids are qualifiers and they’re typically not academic risks.”
The message? All Saints isn’t an IMG Academy or Prolific Prep of the basketball international. It’s a full-blown brick and mortar establishment the place scholars are simply as keen on lecturers as football, if now not a lot more so.
Of path, all of that makes All Saints’ recruiting good fortune all of the extra distinctive and memorable. More notable nonetheless? The present 2018 crop of gamers is allegedly infrequently by myself; Beck mentioned previous categories have incorporated as many as 17 Division I signees.
“The way we practice, prep, get ready throughout the course of the year is just like a college,” Beck told the Star-Telegram. “When our kids get to college, the coaches say the kids come in strong and ready.”