Hate to sound preachy but that depends a lot on how well funded your school is and if it is well funded you still might lose out if you got in on a NCAA scholarship.
Saw a special on Last Week Tonight that prompted my interest then did a little independent reading. What I found out horrifies me. The whole thing is a scam designed with surgical precision to use false hope to keep kids poor and in the ghetto. And the shoddy education, grade inflation, and deliberate roadblocks to financial gain are all spun as negatives working against student athletes - especially if those students happen to be black - rather than the system that pulls the wool over their eyes and sucks them dry. It is nothing short of diabolical genius and I'd much like to meet the monster who thought of it so I can spend an hour telling them why if there is a Hell they have surely earned their place in the coldest depths reserved for betrayers.
And if you're not stuck in that deliberate cycle of perpetual assfucking corner-cutting with outsourced lowest-bidder testing that nobody had the good sense to proofread before approving for exams will knock students for a loop. There are things you don't half-ass. I would think an investment in the nation's future should be one of those things.