I am a junior tennis player and have just moved back to the US after spending 2 years overseas. I was a 4 star player before I left (I was just entering 16s). I turned 17 in July and started my senior year in high school in the US. (graduating class of 2014) I took about a year off from playing tennis when I was overseas so I have fallen back a little relative to my peers. I have started playing in my section and have done well so far and estimate I am playing at a high 3 star senior level. I am back to practicing 3.5 hours a day and expect to continue improving. I was in a very tough IB program in school overseas and while I don’t have the best marks I took all of the hardest classes in mathematics, physics, economics, and English. My SAT score is 2050, my freshman year GPA (in the US was 3.77). I am currently in AP Calculus, AP computer science, and AP Physics. They seem pretty easy after the classes I had in Europe. I would like to play D1 college tennis somewhere with a good tennis program and computer science department. I have read the NCAA college eligibility site and don’t completely understand all of the rules. I think I have to be in college by the spring semester of 2015 to preserve 4 years of eligibility. My best bet is to develop my game and accumulate some results during the fall of 2014 in order to create interest by coaches. It seems like most teams are filling out their rosters now which is a problem for me as I don’t have many results yet. The last day to apply for regular admission to most universities is Jan 1 2015. Is my only option to find a coach who would be willing to take a chance and give me a redshit for next year and let me try to play myself onto the team? How valuable are the redshirt spots on their rosters? If I entered a university on Jan 1st would I need to officially have a redshit to preserve eligibility? If another coach decided to give me a chance would I be required to have an academic year in residence if I transferred? Could I play organized tournaments after I entered the university? Could the coach allow me to practice with the team? Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome.