Many factors play into a recruit's thinking when he makes a decision on a school. Some recruits pick a school because they have friends on the team, others may pick a school because it's the school they grew up rooting for, while some may choose a college because they figure they can get early playing time.
Aside from the different factors that play into the choice, some recruits prioritize one factor above anything else. Some recruits value academics more than others, while other recruits simply want to stay close to home.
For this read, we'll use common sense to look into a recruit's thinking as he considers the important characteristics in his choice of schools.