Recruit Distribution (i.e. Which schools are best for recruiting?)
Recruits are not distributed evenly over the landscape of schools for a division. Some schools have very clear recruiting advantages and disadvantages. If you're not aware of these, you could very easily choose a school that has a large recruiting disadvantage, and then decide you hate this game because of it.
Awhile back, I ran a large analysis on the recruit distribution in relation to schools per division. I published the results here
. The distribution is extremely similar from season to season and from world to world, so I strongly believe those results are still accurate. Those results are organized by which school had the most recruits closest to them. If you read the whole thread, you'll see that I later mentioned that I believe having the most recruits closest to you is not the most important factor, but that having the most recruits within your 180 and 360 mile radii is, at least at the lower divisions. At the very least, I would recommend avoiding the schools with very few recruits within their 360 mile radius
Vision. What is it? How does it change? How can I see it?
Vision is something that (in my opinion) doesn't get explained very well to new people. A lot of people will say that vision is the number of recruits that you can "see" or the number of recruits that are willing to sign with your school. Those extra recruits may or may not be better than the recruits you can already see. Your vision goes up if you win more games and it goes down if you lose too many. This is all technically correct, but it's not a very thorough explanation of what's actually going on.
Here's what actually happens:
When WIS generates their recruit pool for a world, they use their special hidden equation per position to rate all of the recruits for that world. This is how they come up with their top 100 (or 250, or whatever it is) rankings per position. Let's say, hypothetically, that the lowest rated QB from their equation is 200 and the highest rated is 800. Remember, this is for the entire world. Now, WIS might decide that recruits get assigned to divisions like this
*These numbers are purely hypothetical*
QBs rated 200-399 : D3
QBs rated 400-599: D2
QBs rated 600-699: D1AA
QBs rated 700-800: D1A
Those would be the base
division assignments, meaning every single team in those divisions can see those recruits. When you have vision, you get to actually "see" recruits that were assigned to the division above you. If you're a decent D3 team, you might get to see all QBs rated from 200-420, or if you're a very successful team, you might see all QB s rated from 200-440. Again, these numbers are purely hypothetical.
It's extremely important to note right here that when you do a default recruit search (meaning you don't change the Division dropdown), those are all of the recruits that are in your vision.
But I thought you said the new recruits in my vision aren't necessarily better?
They're not. The equations that WIS uses to rate recruits (and how they come up with their top 100 rankings) are pretty much bunk. They overvalue worthless attributes in each position. They're also extremely outdated. I first discovered that WIS was using these equations several years ago before JConte's major update that completely changed which attributes were important. WIS's equations didn't change at all to reflect that. However, in general
, the recruits you see in your new vision will be better. The more important advantage to having high vision is that you'll see a lot less competition from SIMs. This advantage is ridiculous at the D3 and D2 levels.
So I just need to win more to get higher vision?
Pretty much, yeah. We haven't yet figured out an exact equation to calculate your vision, but there's a pretty good equation (that I think is attributed to hughesjr) to estimate it.
(4*(last year's wins)+2*(two years ago's wins)+(three year's ago's wins))/7 = some number
If the result of this equation goes up after your latest season, then your vision will most likely go up. If the result goes down, then your vision will most likely go down. If you're doing a rebuild, it's usually very helpful to schedule OOC games that you know you can win so that you can get your vision up.
So how do I see what my vision is?
There are a couple good methods for this. First things first, you need to know that your vision changes when the world rolls over (hint - the world rolls over when your school's win/loss record goes back to 0-0).
A simple way to detect if your vision has gone up or down is to count the number of recruits you can see for a specific position before the world rolls over and then count again after the world rolls over. This method really only tells you if your vision went up or down...it doesn't really tell you how much it went up or down. I've detailed another method in this thread
using an estimated version of WIS's special hidden equation. This method can give you a pretty good idea of what your vision is and how it compares to opposing coaches.
Note, that there's really not much advantage to knowing what your vision actually is. The important thing is to be aware that more wins means higher vision, and higher vision means generally
better recruits and less competition.