I am concerned about any system of athletic recruiting that places a 17 or 18 year old student in the position of “trust me & give up your very realistic dreams of playing D-1 Ivy League athletics for the possible opportunity of maybe playing at a much lower level than your abilities at my D-3 LAC”.
In my opinion, it should be a violation of NCAA rules for any school D-3 school to place limits or restrictions of any kind on continued recruiting in a higher division until firm commitments are made in writing.
I do think that it is reasonable that a D-3 verbal commitment should curtail further OVs in D-3 barring any unusual circumstances.
The NCAA needs to wake up & stand up for the young athletes it governs. If the NCAA does not open its eyes & continues to let young adults be handled in the current manner that they are in D-3, then the NCAA will likely face further condemnation from the courts.
Why should 17 & 18 & 19 year old students be afraid to investigate promising options for their collegiate career ?
In this thread, we have adult posters laying all types of guilt trips on a young man still in high school who is likely giving up a D-1 Ivy League athletic, social, & educational opportunity based on nothing but a possibility of being admitted to a D-3 institution at which his athletic development will suffer and, almost certainly, the student will never reach his or her full athletic potential while competing against inferior opponents.
The NCAA needs to stand up for those talented, hard-working, young adults who are caught in a position where the athlete foregoes golden opportunities for the mere unbinding verbal piece of hope that is not even in the control of the one offering nothing more than a possibility of the coach’s efforts to support the student’s admission. D-3 athletic recruiting is caught up in a rotten, antiquated, lopsided system that harms the interests of young talented adults who want to explore their options.
One possible change would be to ban D-3 athletic recruiting altogether.
Another option would be for an absolute prohibition on D-3 institutions from limiting athletic recruits from further contact with any higher level division schools.
D-3 athletics is nothing more than a continuation of high school athletics, therefore D-3 athletics should be on the same level as any other club or EC at such schools.
It is difficult to overstate the value of an Ivy League degree and the value of D-1 athletic competition & development for a talented, dedicated, & hard-working young adult. OP should be encouraged to become the best that he can be and not to be made to feel guilty for higher aspirations and for protecting his own interests. Fairness should be a priority, not furthering an antiquated, rotten system that hinders a talented, hard working, young adult’s development.