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Elsewhere in Division I, coaches may be able to promise roster spots to recruits with limited high school records; Ivy coaches, however, cannot. . . . Unlike their counterparts at other institutions, Ivy coaches must wait until October of the candidate’s senior year to get definitive word about an applicant’s acceptance.
At Yale specifically, coaches interviewed said they tend to recruit athletes later in their high school careers, because standardized test scores and transcripts are taken highly into account.