If you are an athlete, be mindful that recruiting calendars and admissions calendars do not always align. Some students do not get recruited until the second half of their senior year, after their classmates have finished submitting applications and college admission offices have begun closing their incoming classes. Also, keep in mind the difficulty of scheduling campus visits while playing a sport.
It is advisable to apply to apply to at least one or two colleges as a back-up plan in case an athletic scholarship does not materialize. The college should be one that you feel is a good match academically and financially, regardless of whether you play a sport.
Any student who plans to play college athletics at a NCAA Division I or Division II school is required to be ‘cleared’ by the NCAA Clearing House. Further rules and eligibility requirements within the NCAA can be found on the official NCAA website.