That may be the prize for the player that is a tip top student and wants an Ivy school and can handle that. Many of these players are very good students and top of the heap players but an Ivy or almost Ivy is not what they want. That’s a demerit for them ? Less of a “prize”? Come on. Everyone has different boxes to check off. Look at the talent going to Fla and Cuse so far for example. I don’t know the out of staters. But the LI kids headed there are in the top tier players out of LI. Everyone has their own story. How about the $$ part? Take the big $ offers and go to lesser tier academic undergrad.