There is no “one right path” to row in college.  We always say that anyone who wants to row in college can do it.  The issue is which college will be your place.  Many kids are successful in getting recruited to row in college while others decide to “walk on” either at the start of their college career or later on.  Either path (being recruited or being a “walk-on”) can work if the ultimate goal is to row on a college team.  Each path will offer a different experience and how far you progress on a team depends on you.   As  you start to think about the college admissions process, you should consider how you want to proceed with the rowing piece and have a plan which takes all options into consideration.