The NCAA is upping it's academic standards for incoming freshman and introducing a new term. Incoming GPA minimum will raise from 2.0 to 2.3 along with a set of 16 core course credits that must be completed including 10 credits before their senior years. The standards won't go into effect until August of 2015, but high school students will have to start adjusting now. The term academic redshirt comes into play for those who don't qualify under the new standards but did the old standards. These students will be allowed to receive a scholarship and practice, but not compete in games.
Granted the competition wasn't that tough, but I think he would be in the top 5 across the nation.