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Should I choose a school with high school football rankings if I want to play high school football?

The reason I ask this question is because I am having a hard time deciding on the prep schools that would be best for me. I am very passionate about football. I would like to join a team that would not only help me become a better player but also give me an opportunityto get a college scholarship. During my research, I have noticed that many people suggest looking for schools that have top high school football rankings. Therefore, I would like to know if things like school rating really matter in choosing a school.

Naomi Doyle

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Victoria Fowler on January 29, 2018

The main thing that should guide you when you are trying to decide which school to go to is what you hope to get from the school and what opportunities the school has to offer. In your case, you say that you would like to join a preparatory school that provides you the opportunity to grow as a player and gives you a chance to earn a scholarship. In this case, football rankings for high schools really matter. They matter because schools with higher rankings provide exactly the opportunities you are looking for. Impressive high school basketball scores and exceptional results in football can be achieved only through building very strong teams.

Apart from getting the opportunity to receive a college scholarship and improving your playing skills, there are other numerous benefits you get from joining a top prep school. First and foremost, playing for a top football team opens doors to numerous job opportunities in the future. As a player, you will be backed up by your school team’s name, which can be very helpful. Apart from this, you will also get a chance to improve your work ethic, build great friendships and teamwork, and acquire physical and mental toughness.

Therefore, it is very important for you to focus on the rating of the schools you intend to join. According to MaxPreps, some of the best schools you can choose include:

  • Katy (TX)
  • IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
  • St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
  • Centennial (Corona, CA)
  • Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
  • De La Salle (Concord, CA)
  • Colquitt County (Moultrie, GA)
  • Mission Viejo (CA)
  • Center Grove (Greenwood, IN)
  • Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL)
  • Gilman (Baltimore, MD)
  • DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Male (Louisville, KY)
  • Allen (TX)
  • Westlake (Austin, TX)
  • North Shore (Houston, TX)
  • Lake Travis (Austin, TX)
  • St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)

Have a look at each of these schools and compare the different things they have to offer. Choose a school that has what you are looking for and provides the best opportunity for you to achieve your academic and athletic goals. However, apart from looking at what the school has to offer in terms of football, it is also important to find out how the school ranks in academic performance. No matter how great your love for football is, school needs to be about more than just sports.

Kayla Bowena year ago

Definitely! You should always go for class A prep schools if you want to play football in high school and benefit from it. However, if you want a college scholarship and you are unable to relocate to any of the schools suggested, it would be a good idea for you to contact the college you intend to go to. Find out which schools they often recruit from and ask for suggestions. In most cases, they will name some schools with reputable coaches. However, it is important to be sure that the school does not base on favoritism when choosing candidates for the scholarship. This information will enable you to know if you have a chance of getting the scholarship. Last but not least, when you get into the school, let your coach know what your goals are so that they can push you and help you achieve
them.


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