The student-athletes of the class of 2017 accomplished many exciting events on the fields and courts this season but even more impressive were the strides made in the classroom that allowed the class to haul in $7,203,024 worth of scholarship offers. As many of these student-athletes have been told since walking on campus four years ago, college athletic scouts aren’t going to ask one of your coaches if you can play. They already know that. What they want to know is, “what kind of student are they?”
The class of 2017 answered that question loud and clear, they can handle both the athletic side as well as the academic side. The actual number could have been slightly higher had some of the more high profile offers not driven away smaller schools that quickly realized they were out of the running for certain student-athletes. Football pulled in 54 offers while girls basketball had nineteen offers and boys basketball had six. Softball received four offers and baseball had two. DJ Patterson and Henry Ruggs III both entertained opportunities in both football and baseball.
With all but a few athletes already declaring their intentions for next year it will be fun to watch these young student-athletes progress through their college years just as those before them.
As for the class of 2018, they are already on the heals of the 2017 class. Between JaKorey Hawkins, Edward Johnson, and Zippy Broughton the 2018 class is nearing the 60 offer status and we have yet to begin.
Congratulations to all student-athletes on your accomplishments.