Each of the 668 high school athletes from the 2017 graduating class who earned a scholarship to move on and play college athletics has a unique story to tell about their journey.
For some, like Bingham football player Jay Tufele, his entire high school career and the resulting recruiting process was well-documented throughout. It culminated with throngs of media members showing up at Bingham High School on National Letter of Intent Day to document the announcement of his final decision — which was ultimately USC.
For over 400 other athletes heading to small colleges throughout the country, their final choice was met with virtually zero fanfare outside of their own families — but it doesn’t make the achievement any less noteworthy.
Regardless of the interest behind their college choices, the countless hours those 668 athletes put in the past decade has paid off as they get to continue their athletic pursuits for another two to four years, if not longer.
Of those 667 athletes, 239 signed with major universities. Of the bunch, 404 are staying in-state, while 264 are heading out of state. Last year, 710 seniors received some type of athletic scholarship, the most in the seven years the Deseret News has been tracking the data.
The annual list is compiled after contacting coaches and athletic directors from every high school in Utah, in addition to sports information departments at each of the in-state colleges.
The payout isn’t huge for some — books might be their only compensation. For blue chippers though like Tufele and Brighton’s Sione Lund (Stanford), their educations will be paid in full.
American Fork led the state with an impressive 29 scholarship recipients, followed by Lone Peak with 24, Bingham with 22, Maple Mountain with 19 and Springville and East with 17.
A total of 100 schools had student-athletes earn scholarships, up from …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News