Sunday, April 20, 2014

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High School Students Influenced By Alabama's BCS Win
By Ashley Thompson


Does a winning football program actually influence high school students to choose one college over another?

The Tide's big win has high school students talking about their plans and whether those plans will include attending the University of Alabama.

Alabama dominated Notre Dame to win yet another BCS title, their 3rd in the last 4 years. With the amount of success the school sees on the football field, some high schoolers say it will translate into more students on Alabama's campus.

"When people see other people win something, they automatically start dreaming and say  oh I want to go there," says student Lexus James.

This is Alabama's second consecutive win. The Tide also won the 2011 championship and the following fall semester, the school saw record growth in their enrollment numbers. The University's website states that 33,602 students enrolled last fall, the most in UA history. And high schoolers say this should come as no surprise.

"When you have such achievements at the school, people want to go there to be a part of something so great," says student Xavier Lawson.

"I mean, you would want to go to a big school known for winning," says student Tyler Sanders.

But some students say football isn't everything.

"I think students would want to go to any school just to get a degree but if you're an athlete, you'd want to go to a winning school like Alabama," says Carver High School student Melvin Tyus.

"If you really look past their football team, they should still want to go," says Tyniquia Parker. "Not just because they got a good football team because what if the football program isn't that good anymore." 

Auburn won the 2010 BCS Championship and saw their highest enrollment numbers in history the following fall.