It was announced Wednesday that by 2017-2018 80% of the Cal recruiting class must have a 3.0 high school GPA.
At the outset my opinion is one of gratitude. Cal needs to set a high standard for its student athletes. And a 3.0 GPA is a pretty good measuring stick point for students.
However, upon further thought, I fear a too arbitrary a system that prevents us from going after the right recruits. The ultimate goal should be to recruit players who will succeed academically at Cal. Obviously grades and test scores are a factor in predicting that, but they’re not the only metric. 80% means a class of 24 must have only 4 guys with less than a 3.0. In a group of that size it’s not hard to find 5 or 6 guys who when you take a more qualitative approach give you reasonable belief they can exceed at Cal. What do you do with guys who were getting mostly C’s in their freshman and sophomore years but at some point they turned a corner and are getting solid B’s and even a few A’s once they’re being recruited? Or kids who have a 2.9 GPA but scored 1100’s on their SATs?
I’d be more in favor of an average GPA approach. With the minimum threshold approach coaches don’t have any incentive to after those really special kids, with 4.0+ GPA’s and good athletic skills to boot. In an average GPA approach, those kids are pure gold. Aren’t those the kids Cal should most want?
So I applaud the University for being committed to academics, but I also think they should rethink their metrics and work to find ones that really meet the goals of finding student athletes who will succeed both academically and on the field.
What do others think?