There are some comments about C not being a desirable position with regard to recruiting interest. That has not been my experience nor does it match up with prevailing train of thought in my circles.
Of course, P is king. Teams use many over the course of the year, it is the most impactful position and injuries happen. After that, SS's who can hit win out because they generally have a strong defensive tool set that can be moved just about anywhere else in the infield or outfield if there is a guy or two in front of him. After that, a catcher that can hit holds the most value. Most college teams will split catching duties, so two C's get significant innings, particularly those levels/conferences that play weekend double headers. And, catchers take the most beating. So most colleges strive to be 3 deep in solid C's. OF has three spots but that advantage is negated by the fact that so many will move their 2nd or 3rd string SS's to OF spots or they will try to hide a power bat in a corner OF position. Yes, a true burner CF who can hit is pretty close to C's with recruiting cache. But the order, IMO, is P, SS, C, CF and everyone else, with some exception to that true power bat, whatever position he can play.
In all the years I was around HS kids being recruited, this is the way it played out. So, chin up, C's
Cabbage is right, as usual. There is a shortage of good catchers at the college level. I have never seen a really good one not have options. As he said, it is the most important defensive position on the field. Most Cs would benefit from going the JuCo route unless they are an extremely high academic kid, for all the reasons stated in this thread (and countless others about freshmen position players never seeing the field at their D1 dream school)