Academic rankings are very overrated. At least when it comes to recruiting. Parents and recruits are more likely to be impressed by the amount of academic support provided to the student athletes than they are the ranking on a piece of paper. Besides, you can get a good education pretty much anymore. Some places, you'll just have to work harder on your own than you would at others. I went to a small private liberal arts school and majored in history. I felt totally prepared for things after undergrad. I was capable of reading and analyzing what the professors at schools like MIchigan, Virginia and the Ivy Leagues wrote. Might have opened more opportunities had I studied under them, but I didn't feel like I was shortchanged in my education.