The college coach is looking for an athlete that will fit in and help the program succeed. Coaches want to keep their jobs, receive promotions, and get better jobs. Success on the field is their best way of doing this. Most often college
coaches are looking for athletes who are difference-makers. The higher the level of play the larger the emphasis will be on measurables (speed, size, raw data). Safe, reliable, hard working, and dedicated athletes can often be overlooked, especially early in the recruiting process. Every program is searching for the raw, unpolished, superstar is the waiting.
This can be frustrating to college prospects as athletes with height and weight and athleticism may get attention over STUDENT athletes that frankly are just better high school players. Program positional needs and timing can also play a role in what coaches are looking for at a specific time. Remember your agenda is to play college sport and receive a quality education. Coaches may have a different agenda so use your head and evaluate each situation. What situation is best for you and feels right? Ask each college coach what they are looking for and where they see you fitting in.
The most important part of recruiting process is finding the right ‘fit’ between a coaching staff, school, and athlete.