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Switching Gears from Athletic to Scholar out of College

Gobs of children get into sports as little kids when their parents start exploring different hobbies for them. A bunch more go on to play competitive for club and make varsity at their schools.

But then only a handful of them develop a passion and the drive to go onto to pursue it as a career in college. What is the difference in those that do decide to give up or turn in their athletic careers?

Der’Ruan Brown is a successful athlete in high school and has plenty of time to figure out his future as an athlete, being a sophomore. But his planning so far sounds pretty firm.

“I want to go to a division one or high division two college for a successful football or basketball career, also trying to get a scholarship so I’ll continue to work hard in high school,” he said.

For some athletes as much as they love competing, they set it aside for themselves to completely focus to their future in academics.

“In reality if your passion is as an athlete, you should put forth 100 percent to get to the top, but you should always stay on top on your grades for after your athletic career is over (whenever you choose for that),” he said.

So, for Brown he thinks nothing can’t be accomplished with passion and hard work, which is exactly what you need in order to be successful in both.

Knowing that plans always change, Jordan Bell is a senior who is already committed to Benedictine.

“Even deciding to play football in college academics was my final say because I knew I could excel my major there as well,” he said.

Probably the biggest concern for an athlete going into college is keeping a good amount of time and effort towards their grades. Bell also pointed out how the two go hand in hand. Getting a scholarship, you need a good GPA along with a good athlete’s impression.

“I have been juggling them both my whole life and I don’t think it will change much in college. Just with time and maturity I figured out what I wanted in life. Now I know I want to pursue athletics and academics,” he said.

Bell has it exactly right. According to, in order to be recruited as an athlete or be eligible for a scholarship you have to have at least a 2.5 GPA and 18 ACT and 860 SAT test scores. These are for being eligible your senior year. Brown is only a sophomore and is seeking that scholarship now.

Whichever an athlete decides as a high school student, they know what is best for them and their futures–at that stage in your life that’s what it all comes down to.