Cox OL/DL Nate Unger (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
An Ivy League School is the first to offer Nate Unger
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
When we talk about Ivy League schools offering high school football players, there’s one thing you have to take into account.
Ivy League colleges don’t offer athletic scholarships. They’re Division I FCS, but all money for school comes from academic scholarships, grants, student loans and other federal aid.
An “offer” to play Ivy League football is still very much a big deal.
There are plenty of students with GPAs over four and a high SAT score that don’t gain admission into Ivy League schools. The process is that selective. Getting in via athletics is a nearly certain way to bypass some of the headaches of the admissions process. You still have to qualify academically, but athletes can get priority if the coach wants them badly enough.
That’s why Monday’s offer from Yale to Cox High School lineman Nate Unger (2020 OL/DL 6-2 270) is a big deal.
“(Yale) sent me a letter in the mail about a month ago asking me to come to camp. As soon as I met the staff I knew there was mutual interest. They were very kind to me and made me feel as if I was at home. I was able to talk to some of the current players and work with Coach Stevens, the D-Line coach, all day. After camp, I went on a campus tour with some of the other campers and I got to learn about the history of Yale and its beauty,” Unger explained. “I went to Princeton camp the next day and on the drive home, Coach Stevens called me and offered me.”
Unger has had a busy camp season, including stops at Old Dominion, William & Mary, Navy, and Princeton. He discussed his strong relationships with coaches from William & Mary, Davidson, and Washington & Lee. More offers may be coming soon.
He has plans to camp at Davidson College next. Davidson also plays non-scholarship football. Unger’s academics put him in a great position to be recruited while he qualifies for more than athletic scholarships. Nate carries a GPA just over 4.0 and has a 1310 SAT score.
“(Getting my first offer is) a dream come true and I sincerely thank all the coaches, teammates, mentors, and everyone that’s supported me along the way,” Unger said.
We’ll keep an eye on his recruitment and share the news as we get it.
– Andy Hilton