all good info, at least generally. the double the effort idea is not a bad one, for the reasons mentioned, but also if you are a lower prestige school and this is your 1st school, theres a good chance the higher prestige school is more experienced. now, maybe not, maybe you have 3 elites in 3 different worlds, i don't know, it could be anything - but if you aren't really confident in your d1 recruiting, you have to allow that the other guy has you there, too. he could have spent his other money more effectively, maybe he spends more effectively on the given recruit, just generally its good to be safe. and remember, a lot of good coaches won't battle you if they know they are going to lose. you generally want to be pretty damn confident you will win when you put yourself in that spot. the more comfortable you get, the more risk you can allow yourself to take, and the tighter you can play that 2x ratio as an underdog.