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Tuesday Morning Quarterback's Thousand-Word Guide
to College Recruiting

Updated: March 13, 2011, 9:31 PM ET
By Gregg Easterbrook | Page 2

1. Deal with it -- grades are essential.

No matter how good you are in sports, if your grades and SAT scores are bad, you will not get an NCAA scholarship. Don't lie to yourself about this.

• "How are his/her grades?" is the first question every recruiter asks.

• "The college will just change my grades" is an urban legend. If your grades are bad, the college will just move on to someone whose grades are okay. Grade-changing scandals do happen, ...

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