Odds of Getting a Football Scholarship for High School Students – Reality CheckFeb 12, 2022
As football coaches we have a responsibility to our players and their parents to provide them the accurate information about the odds of receiving a college football scholarship.
This discussion you have with them is not to discourage them from setting goals. It is to give them a reality check on just how hard and rare it is to actually get a college football scholarship.
Your job is to give them the facts. Here they are!
Number of high schools playing football in Ohio:
Average annual number of seniors on each team:
Total annual number of Ohio football prospects:
Total number of football prospects nationwide:
(high school, prep school and junior college graduates)
Number of NCAA Division I football universities:
Average annual number of Football Scholarships for High School Students available:
Total annual number of Football Scholarships for High School Students awarded:
Annual percentage of football prospects that receive a scholarship:
0.48 of 1%
That’s 1 scholarship for every 209 players
That’s Less Than 1 Scholarship for every 10 high school football teams!
99.52% DO NOT GET SCHOLARSHIPS!
NOW THAT YOU KNOW HOW MANY FOOTBALL PLAYERS GET SCHOLARSHIPS, IMAGINE HOW MANY BASKETBALL PLAYERS GET SCHOLARSHIPS.
EACH SCHOOL GETS LESS THAN HALF THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BASKETBALL AS THEY DO FOR FOOTBALL.
THERE ARE 5 to 10 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ATHLETES ON A FOOTBALL TEAM COMPARED TO A BASKETBALL TEAM.