The other subconscious bias is that of a small school. I remember watching Stambaugh play in HS and thought he was way out of our league. As I recall, he got very little interest in football and despite breaking some state records in baseball didn’t get the Notre Dame offer he was hoping for. Again, we were the beneficiary. These are the nuggets we continue to mine with significant success.
I remember talking to a wrestling coach who told me that they look for really good athletes who maybe were off the radar because they came from programs with smaller wrestling rooms but still had good success. They were low risk, high reward type players who can be coached up. Even with scholarships, this will continue to be our bread and butter.