What percentage of high school athletes play college sports

High School Athletes Playing College Sports

Most high school athletes have the goal of playing sports in college, and possibly even continuing their career in the professional ranks. But, what percentage of high school athletes play college sports? There are millions of high school athletes across the country seeking college scholarships, but the truth is, there just aren’t that many spots available in college. It gets even more limited when trying to go from college to professional.

You might here people/recruiters tell you exposure is the ultimate tool for recruitment. Exposure is certainly a main factor in recruiting, but knowing how to navigate the recruiting process coupled with the statistical knowledge of how many college openings are available is going to put athletes in a better position to get recruited.

Athletes and parents have a tendency to think that a college is going to find them, and that there are numerous schools in their area to fall back on. The numbers might be alarming to those that think this way.

Here is a closer look at the probability of playing beyond high school.

Men’s Basketball:

  • Number of High School Athletes = 540,000
  • Number of High School Senior Athletes = 154,000
  • Number of College Athletes = 18,000
  • Number of College Freshman Roster Spots = 5,100
  • Number of College Athletes Drafted to the Pros = 46
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make a College Roster = 3.3%
  • Percentage of College Athletes that make it to the Pros = 1.2%
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make it to the Pros = .03%

Football:

  • Number of High School Athletes = 1.1 million
  • Number of High School Senior Athletes = 311,000
  • Number of College Athletes = 70,000
  • Number of College Freshman Roster Spots = 20,000
  • Number of College Athletes Drafted to the Pros = 254
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make a College Roster = 6.5%
  • Percentage of College Athletes that make it to the Pros = 1.6%
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make it to the Pros = .08%

 

Women’s Basketball:

  • Number of High School Athletes = 433,000
  • Number of High School Senior Athletes = 124,000
  • Number of College Athletes = 16,000
  • Number of College Freshman Roster Spots = 4,600
  • Number of College Athletes Drafted to the Pros = 32
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make a College Roster = 3.7%
  • Percentage of College Athletes that make it to the Pros = 0.9%
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make it to the Pros = .03%

Baseball:

  • Number of High School Athletes = 475,000
  • Number of High School Senior Athletes = 136,000
  • Number of College Athletes = 33,000
  • Number of College Freshman Roster Spots = 9,200
  • Number of College Athletes Drafted to the Pros = 678
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make a College Roster = 6.8%
  • Percentage of College Athletes that make it to the Pros = 9.5%
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make it to the Pros = .50%

 

Men’s Soccer:

  • Number of High School Athletes = 411,000
  • Number of High School Senior Athletes = 117,000
  • Number of College Athletes = 23,000
  • Number of College Freshman Roster Spots = 6,600
  • Number of College Athletes Drafted to the Pros = 101
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make a College Roster = 5.7%
  • Percentage of College Athletes that make it to the Pros = 1.9%
  • Percentage of High School Athletes that make it to the Pros = .09%
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