Posted by jeffsu on 7/1/2013 10:23:00 PM (view original):
They could magically add every public, private and homeschooled "school" to the database, but it wouldn't change the distribution of recruits... high school names are cosmetic. The distribution is based more on the number of schools, metropolitan areas, etc... I think this is one of those nit-picky threads that has no bearing on the game...
I think you're missing the point jeffsu. Recruits are placed within states based on the number of schools and roster openings. But distribution of recruits WITHIN each state is a function of whatever database they pulled school names and locations from, and that's what the OP has issue with. If schools that exist within a stone's throw of his campus aren't in the database WIS pulls from, he's never going to have a chance to use his 70-mile circle to get a kid to campus. If Oregon is using only private schools to locate recruits, then there are going to be areas of the state that will never, ever get recruits stuck in them because there are no private schools located there in real life. If schools in Western Texas aren't in there (I can't say with certainty that they're not, but I'm lucky to have an in-state kid within 200 miles of Sul Ross St. other than the 1 D1 kid that El Paso seems to produce every other year.)
I'm not saying you need a PhD in topology and recruits need spread equidistant around campuses. Urban areas should be magnets for talent. But every school in the game should occasionally be able to get a kid from their home town and the immediate vicinity, and it sounds like there are at least a few schools in the game where that's not the case. (Come to think of it, I don't ever recall a kid close to me in Presque Isle either but then again there probably aren't many schools near Presque Isle other than what's in that community...)