I'm not dodging the question. He doesn't have to go to college. I've said that several times now. The NFL likes kids who went to college and played NCAA football. That's the best way to get there. That's why kids with talent SHOULD play college football.
A kid who wants to be a musician SHOULD take lessons or move to LA or move to New York. If he doesn't want to, that's fine. That lowers his chance of getting noticed. If you want to be successful, you have to make the sacrifices. You don't want to put in the work? Fine. Go do something else.