There are many factors Ka'Deem Carey will consider with each program when going through his decision-making process and they include depth chart, type of offense, how many players at his position did the school send to the NFL and just how comfortable he is on campus.
The Oro Valley (Ariz.) Canyon Del Oro running back has pondered some of those while looking at his school list and has come to the conclusion that Arizona is his early leader. The Wildcats and Arizona State have offered and many others are heavily pursuing him.
"It's going pretty good with Arizona," Carey said. "They're recruiting me pretty hard. They would really like for me to go to the U of A. They're saying a whole bunch of stuff that I like to hear."
Arizona State is also seriously in contention for Carey, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect who finished his junior season with 2,738 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns on 224 attempts for an average of more than 12 yards per carry. Canyon Del Oro went undefeated and won the state title.
"I like the offense Arizona State runs," said Carey, considered one of the top prospects on the West Coast. "It's not too far away from home. I like how they're recruiting me and I'm going to consider them, too."
Carey, included on the Rivals top 250 to watch list for 2011, still only has two offers but many high-profile programs are showing increased interest.
He said UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are the main ones and that the Bruins have a "pretty standout school."
Distance from home could play a factor for Carey, who said more than once that it's going to be a consideration when figuring out his college destination. More important in his decision than anything, though, will be the factors he's outlined as important to him and his success at the next level.
"What's important is definitely the depth chart, how many running backs they have, the type of offense and how many running backs they've sent to the NFL," Carey said. "It's just a whole bunch of stuff like that because I have to be comfortable. I have to stay there for four years."