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SF Chronicle: Stanford recruits’ nightmare: Committing, then having their sport vanish

Commit to us. Choose us. We will change your life. We will make you a better adult. We will fulfill your dreams.


That’s the message high school athletes are given when they’re being recruited for collegiate sports, a stressful and lengthy process that is often portrayed by the school doing the pitching as the most vital decision the young person will ever make.


But what happens when the school breaks its promise? When it severs the commitment? When it leaves the recruit who has invested their future in the school hanging?


Some athletes who planned to go to Stanford are wrestling with that challenge after the school’s decision to unceremoniously drop 11 varsity sports.


“It is so frustrating,” said Luke McFall, a senior at Amador Valley High in Pleasanton.


Read more from Ann Killion in the San Francisco Chronicle here.