Often times in recruiting there are players that mention academics as a big factors and others that never mention it at all.
Some players will go through an entire recruitment maintaining that academics are important and a deciding factor, while others believe academics are available at all schools at similar levels.
So which one is it?
The truth of the matter is that it all depends on the player.
If a player is headed to the NFL and college is simply a stop before the professional level, it is hard to believe that academics are truly a factor.
The reality of the situation is that the player is going to be in the NFL and the league certainly does not sign players based on IQ tests.
Those players often realistically want to go to a school that is going to help set them up to be successful in the NFL, not the common workplace.
For the players that aren't headed to the NFL unless there is a dramatic change, academics are probably more important.
Schools like Stanford are attractive to these kids because, at the end of the day, the player might not be able to show off a NFL contract, but will be able to show off a Stanford degree.
With that being said, there often has to be the viewpoint that a lot of schools offer the best of both worlds.
Colleges offer good educations. No matter what kind of rivalries exist, the fact of the matter is that a college education is a good one.
Players often struggle with the search for schools that offer their respective major and a good football program as well.
Academics are important and it would be foolish to say they are not. However, it may not always be what it seems with players that mention just how much of a role it will play in a decision.
The Academic Argument
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