Coming out of high school, those graduates who decide to extend their education must choose between two collegiate paths: private school or public school.
While this dilemma also comes into factor for some student-athletes on National Signing Day, private school options become much slimmer for prospects hoping to play under the brighter spotlight of a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) football conference.
Like most students entering college, an athlete’s decision between private or public will not necessarily make-or-break his future.
There are numerous public colleges that can create comparable opportunities as their private school counterparts, and for the average college student, the amount of money saved by attending a state-run school can really pile up over a four- to five-year stint.
But for the scholarship brandishing athlete, the price of tuition is not necessarily his biggest concern.
The pressing issue for these gridiron celebrities is whether or not the private school’s football team can turn their names from a signing day blurb into a household conversation.
When you consider the number of national titles collected by private schools since the beginning of the BCS era (three), the scale tips dramatically toward attending one of the excellent public universities scattered around the country.
In fact, only five of the 11 BCS private school teams have maintained a winning percentage above .500 over the past three years, and only two schools have actually made it into a national championship game since 1998.
However, many of these colleges have just enough football talent to vigorously stir their conference’s pot at a moment's notice. While these private schools often get lost in the shuffle because of the public school brigade constantly lifting the AFCA National Championship Trophy, they should not be so quickly overlooked.
Let us see how these BCS private schools rank amongst each other, and also try to spot any possible national championship candidates lurking somewhere in the meadows.