It would be interesting if a survey could be done on recruits just after signing day: what made you choose your school. Provide a list of general and agreed upon criteria: distance, friends/family, coaching staff, tradition, comfort/relationships, national titles, bowl wins, early playing time, production of NFL players, facilities, etc. It may be best to have them submitted anonymously but perhaps they could separate the conferences for trending.
It would have to include a large number of subjects to power the survey to be statistically significant. That may provide some base line to debate from.