Although there are some clear (less desirable) safeties, S's research is resulting in a list comprised primarily of academic reaches:soccer fit or academic fits:soccer reach. I know there are many factors that come into play, but in general, which type of reach has more success? Not talking ivies.
And then admissions aside, fear he'd struggle in classroom where he have success on the field or sit the bench where he'd do well academically. (S is an A- student & A player.)