Kinsella Connections

Navigating the recruiting process of collegiate athletics

College Sports Statistics

Coaches actually have specific expectations of applicants but because  they are bound by multiple NCAA rules, they aren't allowed to tell you what they are. This is where Kinsella Connections can help, we tell you what coaches are looking for in their student athletes.

Below are some statistics that outline the percentages of athletes who play in college. Don’t forget that many schools recruit foreign talent.

Baseball

  • 480,000 high school athletes
  • Only 11.5% will play in college which is 55,200 athletes
  • 2.1% will play at the Division I level
  • 2.1% at the Division II level
  • 2.7% at the Division III level
  • 1.4% at NAIA level
  • 2.3% at junior college

Football

  • 1,122,000 high school athletes
  • Only 8% will play in college, which is about 89,000 athletes
  • 2.4% will play at the Division I level
  • 1.6% at the Division II level
  • 2.2% at the Division III level
  • 1.8% at the NAIA or junior college level

Basketball (Men)

  • 550,000 high school athletes
  • Only 5.9% will play in college, which is only 32,450 athletes
  • 1% will play at the Division I level
  • 0.9% at the Division II level
  • 1.4% at the Division III level
  • 2.6% at the NAIA or junior college level

Basketball (Women)

  • 433,000 high school athletes
  • Only 6.4% will play in college, which is about 27,700 athletes
  • 1.2% will play at the Division I level
  • 1.1% at the Division II level
  • 1.5% at the Division III level
  • 2.6% at the NAIA or junior college level

Lacrosse (Men)

  • 106,000 high school athletes
  • About 13% will play in college which is about 13,700 athletes
  • 2.8% will play at the Division I level
  • 2.1% at the Division II level
  • 7.0% at the Division III level
  • 1.1% at the NAIA or junior college level

Lacrosse (Women)

  • 81,900 high school athletes
  • About 13.3% will play in college which factors to around 10,800 athletes
  • 3.4% will play at the Division I level
  • 2.1% at the Division II level
  • 6.0% at the Division III level
  • 0.6% at the NAIA or junior college level

Field Hockey

  • 61,000 high school athletes
  • Only 9.6% will play in college which is roughly 5,000 athletes
  • 2.9% will play at the Division I level
  • 1% at the Division II level
  • 5.5% at the Division III level

Softball

  • 371,000 high school athletes
  • Only 8.3% will play in college which is about 30,800 athletes
  • 1.6% will play at the Division I level
  • 1.5% at the Division II level
  • 2% at the Division III level
  • 3.2% at the NAIA or junior college level

Soccer (Men)

  • 417,000 high school athletes
  • Only 9.1% will play in college which is just shy of 38,000 athletes
  • 1.4% will play at the Division I level
  • 1.4% at the Division II level
  • 2.8% at the Division III level
  • 3.5% at the NAIA or junior college level

Soccer (Women)

  • 375,000 high school athletes
  • Only 10.1% will play in college, which is just shy of 38,000 athletes
  • 2.4% will play at the Division I level
  • 1.8% at the Division II level
  • 2.8% a the Division III level
  • 3.1% at the NAIA or junior college level

Volleyball (Women)

  • 429,000 high school athletes 
  • Only 6.2% will play in college, which is just about 26,600 athletes
  • 1.2% will play at the Division I level
  • 1.1% at the Division II level
  • 1.6% at the Division III level
  • 2.3% at the NAIA or junior college level

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