There are two ways that a successful high school athletic career can help you get admitted to college.
One is to be so good that a college coach says, “I want this kid on my team so badly that I will my forfeit my salary and donate blood to get him here.” When a college coach makes a firm decision that he wants you on his team, athletics can be a huge advantage to you.
But we can’t forget the second way that athletics can help you.
Athletics can help you get into college even if the coach has no idea who you are. Just because you aren’t being recruited doesn’t mean that an admissions committee won’t be impressed with your accomplishments.
Athletics are an extracurricular activity, just like drama, music, clubs, or student government. If you dedicated significant time and showed your passion for the sport, an admissions committee will be impressed, just like they’d be impressed if you were the editor of the paper or if you acted in your school play.
Don’t assume that only the recruited athletes get the admissions benefits.