Rivals did an interesting survey during their Top 100 Five-Star camp in Atlanta last weeked that provided some really good perspective from some of the top players in the country.
The players were polled on everything ranging from the best facilities and campus atmosphere to what head coaches are the most intimidating, the easiest to talk to, and the most persuasive. Recruits said the best facilities are found at Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee, and the best campus atmospheres can be found at Southern California followed closely by Texas and Alabama.
When recruits were asked about coaches, things got a little more interesting. Nick Saban was regarded as the most intimidating coach to talk to by a large margin. Saban received 30 votes while Lane Kiffin and Will Muschamp were the next closes with 5 and 4 votes each.
Gene Chizik, Mack Brown, Lane Kiffin, and Steve Sarkisian were head coaches that were listed as the easiest to talk to and Chizik, James Franklin, and Kiffin were all guys that recruits viewed as the most persuasive.
Interestingly enough, 79% of recruits noted that their position coach factors into their decision much more than the head coach. The players noted the fact that their position coach will have a greater impact on their career both on and off the field, and they'll also spend much more time together compared to the head coach.
The original article, which can be found here, also asks players to weigh in on whether program tradition and uniform combinations really factor into their decision, as well as the top issues that they really consider when selecting a school.