Is it true that an athlete can only play for 4 years? Is this driven by the rules governing athletic scholarships? Saw the following NCAA Graduate Student FAQ here: Latest News - NCAA.org. It does not answer the basic questions I am trying to understand.
My scenario is the following: Student who was on-track for D-1 recruitment slowed down starting middle of Junior senior year, after deciding on a career in medicine; potential D3/D2 recruit now, chose not participate in any recruitment efforts. Kid wants to play beyond club-level (walk-on the team, if allowed). No boost, no scholarship, play walk-on if good enough / allowed / open spot / etc. Straight-forward so far.
Now the unusual situation part: If lucky, kid may get into a school with guaranteed admission to medical school directly from HS (4 year UG + maintain 3.5 GPA + enter med-school for 4 years; co-located campuses, as it can make a difference in sports). What happens to the walk-on possibilities in this scenario? limited to how many years? 4 or 5 or more? just the 1st 4 years or any 4 years? etc? Note: no expectation of athletic scholarship for the duration
Am I am hopelessly over-complicating the issue? I realize this is not a recruiting question per-se, and I plan to reach out to the coach after the (lucky part) admission is secured. Appreciate any pointers.