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Reclassifying and Foregoing Senior Season – An Emerging Trend?

Nicole Drewnick is one of four athletes from the 2020 class who have reclassified to join the class of 2019 and miss their senior seasons.

There’s an emerging trend among high school athletes to graduate early and get a jump-start on their college careers. By our count last fall, we noted 36 senior athletes who graduated in December to join their collegiate programs in January. At the time, we thought that was a hefty number, up from years past.

But then we realized there was more to graduating one semester early. Over a year ago the news broke that Logan Eggleston would join the University of Texas women’s volleyball team one full year early, foregoing her senior year altogether. While some people may have been worried that a 17-year-old would be working against four-year college veterans, Eggleston made some noise and had quite the freshman season. She played in all but one set for the Longhorns and scored the second-highest kills on the team with 3.12 kills per set.

This year, we know about four athletes from the 2020 class who have reclassified into the class of 2019. Two are heading to programs in the B1G (Big Ten), one in the ACC, and one to the West Coast Conference. Here is who they are:

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    June 7, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I think Lauren Woodford fromm Northern Light Reclassified from 2020 to 2019 and is going to Syracuse in the fall.

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    June 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

    How does reclassifying work with the NCAA? Are girls going to start “reclassifying” prior to sophomore year so they can talk to coaches earlier, than reclassify back if their original year looks better? Does the NCAA allow or prevent this?

    I completely understand the desire to go in the spring since the traditional training time prior to freshman season is so short.

    I don’t see any benefit of going a year early, for the coach or the player. Coaches seem to be asking players to sacrifice their last and best year of college to come fill a hole in their recruiting while the girls should be in high school. These girls are not only going early, but they are usually not getting the jump start of early enrollment because they are working so hard to graduate early. It seems like a lose-lose situation.

    Eggleston had a solid freshman year, but I’m guessing Texas fans are really going to miss her in what would have been her senior year, when she could be truly spectacular.

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    Chris Tobolski

    June 10, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Interesting points. Time will tell.

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