I am going to be very vague because I don’t want coaches to ID me.
I am a rising senior, class of 22, and I play a position in a sport where colleges might recruit 1 per class. I would like to play in college, because I like to play, even if it doesn’t help me get into a school. I have been told I am good enough for a D1, but not a P5, but I am thinking I might prefer a D3 for more balance.
I am very specific about what I want to major in, and it’s a combination of subjects that you don’t find at most schools. Getting that combo of majors is more important to me than being at the top school.
There is one top school that I am interested in, but they don’t do ED for the program I’d want. I’d have to either apply ED, and then if I didn’t get into the program, pick a different major, or apply RD which I think means I wouldn’t get an admissions bump. If I got in to the program, that school would be my top choice. But if I didn’t get into the program, I’d rather go somewhere else.
The other schools I’m interested are either D3 or less well known D1, and are schools where I probably don’t need the admissions bump.
My question is, if I apply RD, so that I don’t get trapped as ED at the top school, can I still get an admissions bump? If I apply RD to the other schools, and don’t get an admissions bump because of it, can I still play? Will the coaches who were willing to recruit me still want me?
If I get into the top school, but not the program, and I want to transfer after a year, what is it like to transfer as an athlete?
I’m not sure i’m making sense, sorry to be secretive, but I really don’t want to name the school.