If i understand correctly, Its not really an advantage because there is a limit of scholarship players for each team. Tops scholarships count towards this just like a baseball scholarship does. So you can fill up your team with smart kids on TOPS, or kids that come to play baseball, either way it counts towards your limit. Most teams split up their baseball scholarships to be able to give more players partial scholarships but a player cant recieve TOPS and a partial baseball scholarship. And TOPS guys cant play baseball unless they count towards the total. So like someone posted earlier, the guys with TOPS who want to walk on are the ones who really get screwed.
So the only advantage this would give is if a player from LA, is only offered a half baseball scholarship from an out of state school, but could use his TOPS at LSU instead and get a full scholarship. But the full scholarship would count towards LSU's total, while out of state, he would only get a half, but would only count as a half towards their total,so its a wash. Might even be a disadvantage because LSU probably gets less walk ons because guys would have to give up TOPS to play baseball and not count towards the scholarship total.
I think Raph actually paid his way to school, to free up a scholarship, but i could be wrong about that.
I think this rule was made because Georgia had something like this before anyone else and were able to sign more players than everyone else, and put a lot of them on academic and still have the baseball scholarships. This is what your MS friends are talking about.
Somebody feel free to correct me if im wrong, but this is my understanding of the rules.
This post was edited on 6/29 at 11:33 am