Posted by tianyi7886 on 2/13/2012 1:43:00 PM (view original):
Posted by hackerhog on 2/13/2012 12:53:00 PM (view original):lol, I do the opposite. D2/D3, I recruit early. D1, I wait.
Pretty good guide. Good nuggets in there.
But you know... some things should be left for folks to figure out.
This guide is NOT the only way to recruit. It's not necessarily the best either.
For instance. especially if you are in D3, I think the best approach is to not spend one single dime on anything (FSS, calls, etc). Don't spend one single dime... until 2 cycles before signings... then look around at the players that are < 360 miles from you who are considering teams who are obviously overextended in their recruiting effort. Pump a bunch of evals and a scholly offer into him. He'll consider you the next cycle. Then sign with you the cycle after that.
Why spend a bunch of wasted money on FSS, evals, etc when someone else can do that for you?
D1 it's the opposite. FSS. Dump all your money the 1st cycle. Then wait.
D2 is somewhere in between.
How do you know that the other coach is recruiting good players?
perennial powers. You gotta trust them. Lets say a perennial power is on a guy 860 miles away. And he's 40 miles away from you. That's a no-brainer recruit right there.
Here's another strategy that works well in D2 and D3... especially if your prestige is low.
Don't spend a single dime until the 1st cycle AFTER signings. FSS is much cheaper now because the player pool will go down. A D3 school can buy 3 states for what may have been the price of 1 state. A D2 school could buy 5 or more states. Pay particular attention to schools near you BEFORE signings to see if other schools are oversigning and pick up their left-overs.
I do this strategy often when taking over a new school and my prestige is B or lower.
In D2 (and D3) I pretty much do only coach calls, calls, and evals... that's it.
My point is there are many strategies in recruiting.