A smaller number choose not to because of other options, and Buhl (Ala.) Sipsey Valley three-star linebacker Edwaun McNeil is in this boat. In addition to football scholarship offers from Navy, Alabama A&M and Central Arkansas, the down-hill prospect began collecting academic scholarship offers from bigger programs.
Alabama was among them, and now the senior will be looking to walk-on under Nick Saban this fall.
"I applied for a general scholarship and they awarded me with the presidential scholarship because of my act score and my GPA," McNeil said. "My grade point average is 3.8. I was excited because I had another way to go to college other than a football scholarship."
Combined with an early ACT score of 30, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker will now be able to get the free education so many covet while potentially playing at the highest level.
"I think it's a great opportunity playing there because of all the great athletes I will get to compete against on a daily basis," he said.