If you are a superstar athlete (other wise known as a “blue chip recruit”), you can pretty much write your ticket to any college in America, no matter how well you do in high school.
But that does not mean that you will graduate from that college.
If you’re uncertain as to whether I’m blowing smoke, have a look at this article from indystar.com. NCAA division I colleges are happy to take great athletes to build their teams. But if the player cannot build his mind, the universities don’t get too bent out of shape about it.