In Reid Travis' case, multiply all of those factors by two.
Both a standout forward and quarterback for De La Salle high school in Minneapolis, the rising junior is being courted by basketball and football programs alike. On the basketball side, count Northwestern as one of them; the 6-foot-7 Travis holds a scholarship offer from the Wildcats and head coach Bill Carmody.
"I heard from Northwestern about two weeks ago," said Travis. "Coach [Tavaras] Hardy and I talked just about their interest, and setting up a date to attend a football game. Coach Hardy was the first person I talked to from Northwestern, and I'd say our relationship is pretty strong."
"I love the campus and just how beautiful it is, I've been down there a couple of times already," said Travis. "I also really like the academic side of [Northwestern], that's one of the first things I'm looking at in a school."
On the basketball side of things, Travis also sees a strong potential fit with the Wildcats.
"I like Northwestern's coaching staff and style of play," said Travis. "I think I could create mismatches for them; I can take defenders down in the post or out to the wing depending on who's guarding me. I can be a matchup problem and just do whatever the team needs me to do."
?Travis says he is currently leaning toward basketball, but hasn't officially picked his future college sport. It's still early in the decision-making process for him, a task complicated by his prowess as a dual-sport athlete.
"It's too early to call, I haven't narrowed down a list or anything like that yet," said Travis. "I'm still open to everything. I'm going to take all my official and unofficial visits before I start figuring all that out."
Along with Northwestern, Iowa State, Minnesota, Stanford and USC have shown the most interest in Travis on the hardwood. On the gridiron, Alabama, Boston College, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin have been in contact.
Though Northwestern's football staff has yet to ramp up its interest, for Travis, the notion of playing both sportsas a Wildcat is enticing.
"[Northwestern] has called my football coach, but I haven't talked to them personally," said Travis. "I'd definitely consider [playing both sports] if I had that chance. It's hard to be a two-sport athlete in college, but I'd have to think about it."