There is a lot of misinformation in this thread.
While tops is a great program, the value is extremely overstated. Tops covers full tuition per semester/yr but no fees (average $5200 yr) and is available to all LA students who qualify.
Athletic scholarships(yes, there are multiple but all categorically the same) are 90 % of the student's aid and are a substantial amount.
Any other interpretation or information is bs.
As to the recruiting advantage, it's not much, considering the costs associated with attending (tuition/fees, housing, meal, books, etc). Also, many other states have similar programs for their residents.
This post was edited on 6/29 at 3:35 pm