It was once explained to me the reason for 9.9 schollies was to thwart wealthy schools with large budgets from padding their rosters in what is a low to negative revenue generating sport. A Lock Haven can compete in scbolarships exactly the same way Penn state can. Years ago schools like the Iowa‘s, Oklahoma‘s, Pitt, Michigan et all would recruit everybody for no other reason than to keep these guys from their competitors. This doesn’t exactly respond to your concern but does affect it. For example, if Penn State feels they can win another NC in a tight year with a 6th year kid, that’s exactly what they will do. It sucks it takes schollie money from another kid but that’s why there are only 9.9 of them for every school. The ancillary effect on winning though does attract the HS elites and why winning NC’s is everything. Iowa, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and of course Penn State know this and that’s why there are so few school dynasties in this sport.