Academics are critically important and can determine where you may or may not get recruited. While coaches can be very encouraging to a potential recruit, it is the admissions office which admits students not the coaches. A recruit needs to meet the school’s academic admissions standards in order to get recruited. Many coaches, through years of experience may have a good sense of whether a recruit will meet the academic standards of a school but if you are “on the bubble” in terms of academics, it can be harder to predict.
Different schools have more or less flexibility in terms of academic performance and admissions. Student athletes need to understand the importance of academics and may end up reducing their options and miss opportunities by not giving their schoolwork enough attention.