If he gives us 3 solid years that warrant leaving and being highly draftable after his junior year, I'll forgive him for doing so. That being said, it's a sad mindset that the kid's going in not shooting for getting a degree. Oh well, c'est la vie for a highly touted recruit I guess.
RJS has a goal of early exit for NFL
Can't most of these kids get a degree in 3 years though? They can (usually do?) take spring and summer classes.
Not unless they already have credits coming in. It's hard to get a degree in 4 years nowdays without taking spring/summer classes. I think the national average for graduating in 4 years is around 30% (including dropouts)
Is it really that low? I graduated in 4 years, and while I did take one semester of Spring classes, that was only because I withdrew from Bio 161 my sophomore year (which being a lab science was 5 credits).
I just know I have heard many times of senior football players taking like 2 classes just so they could still be students. I think Matt Leinart was taking 1 his senior year, and I believe it was Ballroom Dancing. Maybe these are redshirt seniors which is why this happens.
I can't find where I heard those numbers from, but this article should give you an idea of how low 4 year graduation rates are. It should be noted that Michigan has been well above the national average in this category, though.
But those numbers are for all colleges, not just Michigan. There are a lot of kids who roll into Western State University only because they think they should, with no goals, and no work ethic, and they flunk a class or two, or switch majors 18 times. Also, most of them don't have access to the academic support that M athletes have, and most of them don't have to make the proper grades in order to play their sport.
Don't use national numbers when discussing Michigan. They just aren't relevent.
Which is why I said it should be noted that Michigan is well above those numbers. However, I know a lot of people that didn't graduate from UM in 4 years, and they didn't have to practice football 20 hrs a week while they were in school either.
It is really hard to graduate in 4 years if you don't know exactly what you're doing when you get into UM. I know this from first-hand experience; I had to take spring classes one year to graduate on time. My point is that it is not a given that you will graduate in 4 years, and nearly impossible to do it in 3, especially if you are on the football team.
While I don't go to Michigan (sadly), I agree completely. When I signed up for my classes for my first semester of my freshman year, nobody told me what the fuck I was doing. I was undecided at that point and had no idea what I was doing, only knowing that they told me I had to sign up for classes now or I would be screwed later on. There's a huge lack of information given to incoming students that doesn't explain what you should be aiming for, what will put you on track to graduate in 4 years, etc. I guess that falls on advising but, at least in Virginia, advisors are a joke and usually screw you up more than help you (like my advisor telling me my freshman year to take a class only available to upperclassmen).
Getting a degree is easily doable in four years, the problem is that nobody knows what the hell is happening their first two years (not even including the extra time for switching majors). I wish somebody informed me earlier of what was happening because I could have easily gotten my degree in 3 years (without any high school credit classes) if I would've known certain things.
Part of that is the uncertainty that many students have in locating a major. Also, with grad school becoming more and more popular these days, people try to boost their resumes with double majors and such which can make graduating in 4 years difficult, especially if one was changing majors. Also, college is fun and sometimes people want to stay as long as possible, but that really isn't a huge part of it.
Also, a football player graduating in 3 years is unlikely as they do not usually take full class loads, I believe. With all the time they put into football, it woule really make college less fun for them to try to cram a 4 year degree into 3 years. Instead of graduating in 4 years, he should take some nightclasses or finish his degree while playing pro. Plenty of players do that.
That all makes sense. You need to take 12 credits though to live in the dorms (or you did when I was there in 2001-2005), does this rule apply to football players? I realize 15 credits is what you need to graduate per semester in 4 years, so 12 is still under that. The football players who lived on my floor were taking at least 3 classes, could have been 4. The one I was friends with was definitely always either at practice, at class, or studying during football season.
So they can take the bare minimum in the fall.
Yes, you need 12 credits to be classified as a full time student and to maintain your scholarship/eligibility. This was the basis of the Ann Arbor news "academic" scandal that preceded practice-gate. Football players who took 14 credits and had to drop a class midsemester were funneled into late-add independent studies with the same professor, so they could maintain 12 credits. Having that flexibiilty is a good thing, but how it was done and their workload for 1-2 extra credits was dubious. The exception is if you need fewer credits than 12 to graduate, you do not have to take 12.
Yes most of the players stay over spring and summer because as long as they're on campus and enrolled, they get their stipend/rent paid for. Which is why you see many players take classes over summer and graduate in 3 years
The fact is that you risk alot by coming back for your 4th year. If you have the potential to make millions in the NFL, you need to take it. Sam Bradford almost lost it all but managed to heal quick enough in order to throw pre-draft. He is the exception. Plus, alot of kids come back and get their degrees.
Why would it be sad for someone to go to college for three years instead of four if he has a promising future ahead of him either way? Is it that you think that he'd learn something in his fourth year of college that he couldn't learn from his first three? Maybe that's true. It doesn't seem sad that he wouldn't get the degree, since his employer in that case wouldn't value a college degree anyway. If a later employer would, he could always go back and take those last few classes.
I'm not trying to be an ass or anything - just always have been a little puzzled by this view. I'd obviously love for him to be a dominant linebacker at Michigan for four full years, but that's about my interests at the end of the day and not necessarily his.
I didn't say it would be sad for someone to go to college for 3 years instead of 4+. I said it's sad that he's coming in with the mindset that he's only going to be there for 3.
I'm all for if you have a better oppurtunity before finishing your degree, go for it. Hell, to be honest and hypocritical, I'm a college dropout myself who's living much more comfortably than many of my friends who finished school and even some who went on to grad school (granted, my potential ceiling is probably much lower than their's). However, I didn't go to school expecting to eventually drop out. The primary goal was to get that stupidly important piece of paper that says I know how to regurgitate back what someone tells me for 4+ years. It just happened that other options arised and I got lucky it worked out, at least for the time being.
Essentially, it's sad because when it's all said and done, these guys are student-athletes. I think a lot of us here (heck, everywhere) forget that the student part does and always should, come first. That's all I'm saying. And in a selfish way, I hope he makes it out early. Because more often than not, if you can get drafted as a junior, you've been one hell of an asset to the team for those 3 years.
I have a serious problem with this. All the crap we hear about these kids being "students" first and "athletes" second is offensive to me. As a current coach and former college player, I can say, beyond any doubt at all, that I learned more on the field than I did in all of my classes combined.
You're still a student when you're on the field!
Athletics is an education, and if the NCAA, teachers, and the general public would start to understand that concept more, I think it would go a long way toward helping bridge the divide that now exists between athletic departments and faculty.
I went to college on an academic scholarship, graduated with honors in four years, and now own and operate a successful business. There is zero doubt in my mind that my education as a student of the game--learning things like teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, leadership, and integrity--has benefitted me far more than the knowledge that (which is significant and worthwhile) I learned in my classes, most of which does NOT apply to real life.
There is a reason that successful athletes often go on to be successful people: the field is much closer to the reality of life than the classroom.
left school early to start his own business. Shame on him for not sticking around to get his degree. If you are student and somebody offers you six to seven figures a year to come work for them most are going to forget the degree take the job and the cash. Why is that any different than a student/athlete wanting to get a great paying job before they graduate especially considering the length of a pro players career?
You gotta be a star to go early...yes pleassse!
Not always true..Donovan Warren..i liked the kid but just a example
Yeah, Manny Harris and Darius Morris too.
I think Manny is a bad example...as he contributed last year and has the look of contributing this year after he is fully healed after his foot surgery. Plus, he is making 800 grand this year.
With Darius, it made all the sense in the world to go last year when you had a diluted pool of players and this year being one of the deepest drafts in a long time. He would have had to stay 2 years to see a better chance to sneak into the first round
Don't declare unless you have a first round gaurantee at the least. Plus, this year there are like three pg's worth taking in the first round. Had Darius come back and improved is floor game a bit and really shown he could shoot he would be looking at a likely lottery selection.
Darius, who was a great college point guard, had alot to prove before moving up into the lottery...He needed to improve his jumpshot substantially, as well as had to improve going to his left (can't quite remember which hand he favored, but I know it was very much dominant).
But...assuming he did that, the lottery is stacked this year...Assuming these guys declare....Davis (UK), Drummond (Uconn), Gilchrist (UK), T Robinson (Kansas), Sullinger (OSU), Barnes (NC), Perry Jones (Baylor), Zeller (NC), Lamb (Uconn) , Leonard (Illinois), and Rivers (Duke)...This is far from a comprehensive list, but all going above an improved Morris. If you take off the maize and Blue glasses, you will notice the lottery was not happening this year, and it would have been difficult for him to be in the first round with a talanted PG class this year.
Plus college isn't for everyone
Sadly, no you don't
Edwin Baker for MSU. Didn't wan't to get stuck in the depth chart behind Le'Veon Bell.
I get nervous for a kid who sets his sights on early entry at this point in the game. Look at how it worked out for the likes of Donovan Warren and Ernest Shazor. Hopefully he is good enough for that to become an option, and also in a position to objectively evaluate his chances.
He is young, He might change the way he thinks, when practice starts. Most of these kids have dreams of the NFL. That is not a bad thing. I hope he reaches his goals.
but with all the outstanding recruits coming in the 2013 and, presumably, the 2014 class, I'm not too worried.
I find the quote kind of off-putting, in a cart-before-the-horse sort of way. Guys who haven't played a down for the program shouldn't be talking about leaving early.
It seems like those types of guys end up leaving early anyway...just not for the NFL...
But he's not even on campus yet. A lot of kids think they're a star at this point in the game, and RJS is one of them. We'll see how he stacks up against the other LBs on his own team before we start worrying about him leaving early.
A couple months ago RJS was quoted as saying he wouldn't mind redshirting, and now he's talking about leaving early. Point is, he really doesn't know what's going to happen, so why don't we just let it play out and not judge him based on a silly interview.
Everyone will have their opinion..i prefer kids going to college with education as their top goal but that is not for everybody..focus on school and all of will fall into place..im a fan RJS and wish him the best.
I too like the confidence and would be happy if he produces enough to leave after 3 years. With that said, hopefully he doesn't get it into his head too strongly and leave before he is ready like you see happen all too often.
Speculation on leaving early before he is even on campus. Lol.
I'm not so sure I like that attitude. There's a fine line between being confident in one's future and taking success for granted.
Stay grounded Royce, worry about your professional opportunities when you reach that point.
You will never reach a goal you didn't set for yourself. RJS wants to go to the NFL after 3 years of college, which means that he will have had a very successful career in college. Not a bad goal to set. If he doesn't reach it, I'm sure he will be ok with getting a fine degree as well.
"You will never reach a goal you didn't set for yourself."
...unless it's getting herpes. Sometimes that just happens.
Hopefully the depth of talent that Hoke & Co. are developing at the LB position mean that...
1. We have LBs good enough to consider going pro early
2. If they do go early, there won't be much of a drop off when the next one fills his spot.
This means he is going to play and work his ass off for us.
Alvin Mack would like a word with him.
Just a personal opinion but this implies to me that the academic side doesn't factor in. That being said there are countless examples of guys finishing their degree after leaving early, which is cool. If he can make 1st round money, staying an extra year is probably not worth it.
I don't know his family's financial situation, but my goal going into college was to get a good job not a piece of paper. I see no problem with what he's saying.
This. Most of us went into fields where the piece of paper was necessary, so they were one and the same. However, if a Music School student left after three years because he/she got a recording deal or a role on a TV show, none of us would question it. It shouldn't be different for athletes.
That would imply that the person had been judged worthy of a role. Anyone can declare for the draft, right? Having a high personal opinion doesn't equate to being good.
While I agree with the point of your post, I think most of us go to college to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to get a job. That being said, his football career won't last forever, so I think its always a good idea for guys to gain some non-athletic skill while in college so they can support themselves after the NFL.
Also, its always a good idea to learn about how to actually manage the money you will be making.
Two points - if he learns the skills necessary to be an NFL linebacker, he'll make more in a few years than most of us will in our entire careers. It doesn't matter how long you work for if you make 5 million dollars in 5 years.
As far as learning some non-athletic skill, if he doesn't learn anything in three years, he won't learn it in four. There are plenty of athletic-oriented careers out there for ex-NFL players.
As far as learning how to actually manage the money they'll be making - will finishing up his communications or English degree help him do that? I have a degree in sociology. I learned very little at Michigan about managing millions of dollars of my own wealth. I'm assuming most of those guys are the same.
I agree with you completely. My post wasn't aimed at necessarily saying 4 years is the only way. I was more saying this tunnel vision of going straight into the NFL doesn't necessarily mean he'll be set for life b/c of football alone. Thats all I'm saying.
I think if you can make they kind of money you're talking about playing for a year while not getting paid and risking injury is dumb. Especially at a higher risk position like LB or RB.
Your point about communications is dead on. I guess what I was getting at was that if he knows he wants NFL $ right away, it might serve him well to take a finance class or two over his 3 years. My greater point is even if he is only on campus for 3 years, it would be his loss to not take advantage of the skills he can gain off the field.
I agree with you that all of those things are valuable. However, if a kid has a shot to be drafted in the NFL, he's not going to say, "I should stay another year and learn some life skills for my post-NFL days" or "I never took that finance class, I'll come back for my senior year now."
That made me think of something. If I was a Michigan football player and I was smart and I didn't think I had a good shot at the NFL, I'd become a personal finance manager of some sort. You're likely to have a handful of friends who will be making millions of dollars and looking for someone they trust and respect to handle it for them. My money is invested with a friend of mine from Michigan. Is he the best financial advisor in the country? Maybe not, but I know from personal experience that he's a smart guy and I trust him with my money.
i have nothing good to say about that so I'll just say, not good.
He's an 18 year old kid excited about his future. The end.
Yeah, I can't blame him for saying something like this. When he gets to Ann Arbor and starts going up against other D1 athletes every day it'll either who him that he can do this or that he needs alot of work (most likely the latter). That said, I hope he's good enough to leave early and be a 1st or 2nd day pick, probably means he was very productive for us on the field. And I'm not worried at all about front 7 recruiting with Hoke in charge. It's been great for us so far.
Until kids start getting paid, the NFL will be the only option to make money. It worked out for Woodson but most of the time it doesn't. He can always come back to finish classes.
It's nice to have goals. The beauty of this is as fans it's a win for us regardless of how it turns out.
RJS working hard towards his goal makes Michigan better. If he's that good than good for him. The reality is that the odds are that he'll receive a wake up call come August, but don't kill the dream.
You guys forget he just spent the last 12 months with Hoke and Mattison in his ear telling him he's Ray Lewis. He may feel a little pumped up.
I hate when players want to be good enough to leave school early and enter the draft! How selfish of them! They should care more about their education! /S
For a player like RJS, his job is hopefully the NFL. He wants to get out ealry so he can start working, and earning that paycheck that can set him and his family for the rest of their lives. If he has the ability to do that, shame on you for saying he shouldn't so he can get a degree. People go to college now to be able to get a job. The NFL is his potential employer, every player with that potential should be hoping they can be successul enough to achieve that dream in 3 years.
After all, this post right here should show you the value of a good education.
Perhaps you should let someone else do "you're" talking.
Mind you're own business.
I hope he's good enough for him to do so legitimately. Means he'd have played some good ball at M.
the lack of perspective. I'd be a lot happier if some of these questions were asked of a college sophomore. I know it won't happen for a lot of reasons, but that doesn't change my point of view. I can't use examples without throwing stones at individual journalists, but some of the questions could be phrased in such a way that they don't elicit controversial comments either. Try to envision your name in print. Does it begin with Rosen....? No? Then don't try to further your career on the back of a high school student.
Now, as far as RJS - I hope he is able to leave early for the NFL. It is nothing but good for the program. Hoke & Co. will have to replace him, to be sure, but in exchange for a senior year, they get a decade or so of "look what we did for RJS". Once upon a time I would have come out in favor of staying and getting a degree, but with the pay scale in the NFL, I can't defend that position today.
Ill probably get negged for this but i think players should always stay for four years. They are given full ride scholarships that normal students will never see, and are treated extremely well at the university. The least they could do is honor the commitment to the university and stay for four years. I know people will say, "well what if they get injured?" I think a much more plausible question is, "what if they dont pan out in the pros, and/ior manage their money appropriately, and dont have a college degree to fall back on?". That being said, they do generate a lot of money for the athletic department so im not going to completely villanize early exits. However, I cant say that my favorite players were Mario Maningham, and Alan Branch, or Darrius Morris in basketball. Sorry for the rant im done now.
Also Joe Bolden will probably have a more likely shot at an early exit than RJS, but I would think that he would stay.
I'm surprised more people on this site don't feel the same way. Of course we all want superstars, but I want somebody who is committed to Michigan. To me, that means planning on staying until you get your degree.
Let the SEC take pro-bound kids who take off in 2-3 years. This is Michigan forgodsakes. We will beat them anyways.
Let's pretend for a second that Mark Zuckerberg had a full ride at Harvard, and that he couldn't bring Facebook online until he left school. Should he have left Harvard as soon as he was ready to launch Facebook? My answer would be yes.
What about a graduate engineering student that, in their off-time, discovers a new way to something something. Grad students often have fellowships that pay more than the value of tuition, should that student stay in school or file a patent and set up shop somewhere?
Someone above pointed out that sometimes music students can get an offer at a high level orchestra, or sign a record deal that would preclude them from both recording and being a full time student, should they stay unnecessarily because they're on a performance scholarship?
Also, none of the examples above factor in the high probability of getting injured while playing a contact sport. I don't know about you, but if I was going to blow out my knee permanently at 21, I would much rather have an NFL paycheck in my bank account than a few more credits towards a degree.
While this is a valid argument, the situations you are comparing this to are not comparable. My point with STUDENT athletes is that they are given a scholarship for their athletic abilities, and are therefore semi-obligated to represent the university. Scholarships given directly by a university were originally meant to be a commitment between a student and a university. Zuckerburg left Harvard (correct me if am wrong) after Facebook was beginning to take off, and had more income security than say a NFL bust. It is wiser to stay another year in a sport because the probability of a career ending injury is still much lower than the probability of not panning out in the pros.
Also, the examples are different because Zuckerburg did not have a full ride and neither did the engineering students. But if they did, I see no harm in staying for one more year. There have been many examples of students who have created businesses and become quite successful while still in school.
Also “a few more credits” is over simplifying the difference of 1 year in college, the difference between a degree or not. Pros tend to not be that great at managing money, so unless you are a high draft pick, you need to sustain your success over a period of time in order to have income security for the rest of your life.
None of this matters though, because at the end of the day, I still have a hard time rooting for players that leave early. After all, THOSE WHO STAY WILL BE CHAMPIONS.
They're not exactly the same, sure. But I think they're closer than you're making them out to be.
It's irrelevant in the scheme of things, but if The Social Network was correct on its timeline, Zuckerberg was still basically broke when he dropped out of Harvard and moved west.
Also, as a point of clarification, I was speaking about leaving school now/staying in now, and having a career ending injury in the fall of 2012. At most, they'll have an additional six credits and gone to about one week of class for twelve fall credits.
I have an easier time rooting for students who graduate as well; that doesn't mean I don't think Andrew Luck took a big and unnecessary risk in coming back for 2011.
Fair enough I would just rather they stay in school and fully honor their commitment.
Also, Andrew Luck graduated this year (he redshirted as a freshman).
Luck stayed for 2011, though. He was projected to go #1 overall after 2010 and came back to graduate. My take on his move is that $50m can pay a lot of tuition at Stanford, while most Stanford degrees don't pay $50m.
Maybe I'm just a very risk averse person.
Oh sorry I misread that. I know Andrew Luck could have gone pro I thought you were talking about the risk he took by not returning. I was confused
He might have been a champion, and had people root for him....
My point is not that they should definitely stay for 4 years. My point is that they should not, before they even arrive on campus, hope to be gone in 3.
I want our players to WANT to be there until they get their degree. I fully understand that they will have to do what's best for them at the time. But this is more than 3 years in advance of when he may have the opportunity to turn pro. To already be hoping to go pro before graduating...it's just disappointing. I expect better.
Then your expectation are too high.
And you are parsing words. "Hoping" to be gone in three years (if he even said that) does not necessarily means he hopes to be away from Michigan as much as it means he hopes he's so successful at Michigan that he has the opportunity to turn pro. I hope the same thing for him.
Had he said, "I'm out of here after three years no matter what" then I could understand your frustration. But he simply suggested he hoped to be in the NFL, and he hoped he would have that opportunity as soon as possible. Give the kid a break.
High school kids have no clue what goes on in the real world. Think back to high school yourself. Do you remember how delusional you were or how delusional your classmates were in high school? I had a friend who thought he was better than Ken Griffey, Jr. because he had a better batting average playing against high school competition than Griffey did against his own level of competition. I've known high school kids who think they can just walk out the door and get a $60,000 annual salary.
For all anyone knows, Jenkins-Stone could leave after three years and be a first round pick. Or he could spend five years in Ann Arbor and only run down the field on the occasional kickoff or punt. This interview doesn't do anything except remind me that high schoolers are naive.
You don't have to be an athlete, even. I bet the majority of people going to Michigan thought they'd be multi-millionaire lawyers trying cases in front of the Supreme Court, or Engineers building the next space travel rocket for NASA, or the writer of the next great American novel, or whatever their field was in. And a great deal of them are still doing very well for themselves, even if they weren't making it rain and driving a Bugatti. Or curing Cancer. High School kids have high hopes and dreams. And you never come close to obtaining any of them by settling.
Coming out of Michigan in 2000, I was dead set on forensic psychiatry with the neuroscience background, but then there was a real-world pressure in my life to actually have some funds, so I fell into my other skill - programming - making not as much as I thought I might. Somehow, I ended up in mid-level management at a local utility through technical writing and engineering technician jobs along the way. It makes me no less proud of anything, but I could be accused of "settling".
Having said this, if things are going as well for RJS as he hopes they will, then I wouldn't fault him for following his dream to play in the NFL after his junior year. If the prospects are looking that bright for him at that juncture, then it seems like a worthy risk to take, in my opinion.
You had "settled." Just like I don't think if the kid finds himself here for four years and not in the NFL but with a degree he has settled. I just meant teenage dreams are never achieved by saying "well, if I'm lucky I might play in the League someday...if not, whatever." The dedication it takes to live the dream doesn't allow anything but all-in work. Doesn't mean no matter what you do you always get to live the dream. Life doesn't always deal those cards to everyone...even most of us. Or dreams change. Being Tony Stark or James Bond morphs into being a great dad. He will probably never get to the NFL. But he definitely won't by thinking he can't.
Now don't turn off my power.
Every stud recruit thinks college is a stopping point on the way to the NFL, no matter what they say for public consumption. Some make it; some don't. Any player who is projected to be a middle to high first round pick after his junior year would be a fool not to take the money at this point.
Either way, he's a great addition to the team, and will soon learn to edit his public comments.
If he can after 3 yrs he would have been a beast for those years- and although it'd be sad and you don't wnat players doing it too often- its so hard to for the NFL it shouldn't really be an issue
Not a big deal we will be stacked for years at linebacker.
Well, we do know one thing if this does happen: No RJS in the MGoHallofFame (assuming graduating is agreed upon as a pre-req for admission).
I can't blame athletes for leaving early. You're essientaly one play away from blowing out your knee and ending your career. Might as well take the millions when you can.
necessarily mean not getting a degree. It's quite possible to pick up a couple of classes in the spring and/or summer terms. I'm not minimizing the athletic commitment but if they receive the kind of academic support that helps them be focused and organized, I would think it could be done.
Also I've been impressed by the how many of the recruits are outstanding students. RJS, as a Cass Tech grad, should be prepared and able to succeed at UM.
Entering early allows some to earn an extra semester of credits
Many professional athletes return to school in the off season. Jawan Howard was the first NBA player to finish his degree after leaving early. IIRC he finished at Maryland. Dave Gallagher in the 70's attended UM Medical School in the off-season while playing for Buffalo, I believe.
I finished in 4 years (LSA with a teaching certificate = extra 20 hours). I also remember how much more efficient I was after my Freshman year. The athletes aren't the only ones who have to learn how to study!
"should be prepared" ????? is this given how well of a school Cass Tech is ???.... 4% graduation rate. Think before you speak, and don't "feel sorry" for schools like Cass Tech, which embraces mediocrity like a champ.
This post is perfect for criticizing someone else's education level; well done.
he should have a goal this high. I want a kid who thinks he is a stud and make it to the NFL.
and Ohio players have a goal of running him over.
He'll do well to handle them first, as great performances in big games will help propel him to achieving that long term goal.
God bless him. I hope it works out exactly that way for him. I hope he works his ass off and uses all that talent to get himself where he wants to go, when he wants to go.
It sounds to me like he's an 18-year-old with a dream. And like I said in an earlier post, you're still a student when you're on the field. The lessons he can learn on the field are just as valuable, if not more so, than what he'll learn in the classroom.
I think it's sad that our society puts so much value on the degree. Don't get me wrong--I'm a college grad (who went to college on an academic scholarship) and think it's a good idea--but look at Zuckerberg, Gates, Allen, Jobs, President Truman, etc. The chances of starting an ultra-successful business as an entrepreneur can't be much higher than a kid who leaves school early to get drafted. How many kids declare early and don't get drafted? I bet that number is VERY low.
A college degree does not mean you're educated. It just means you got your degree. If RJS can go pro after three years at Michigan, I wish him the best. While he's at Michigan, I'm sure the staff will work with him to make sure he takes his classes seriously.
Think about this: would you feel the same way about a whiz-kid who had a great idea to start a business and didn't think he'd finish college?
Good to see the kid has set the bar high for himself. If he's succesful in his goal that can only mean good things for U of M, and with what's looking like another stellar recruiting class at LB (leading for three 4/5 stars, 2 @ OLB) and three other studs around him in the 12' class I'm sure we'll be fine.
Also coming out of Cass Tech school district good to see he's putting a priority on helping his family lead a better life - the best kind of motivation you can have!