Posted by dream76 on 12/22/2013 9:56:00 PM (view original):
Real life recruits decommit all the time; I'm sure with a less-than-stellar HS education, most of them give unclear messages, and I'm sure many of them are nonsense. Many here believe that recruiting is the most fun aspect of the game; why fix what isn't broke when so many other things are?
Right. But why is there nonsense in the head coach and assistant coach scouting reports? Laundry bills? He likes buffet lines? He wants nice cars? Now, none of this matters so it is not a big deal. Very few coaches mistake that for useful info. However, "he is not strict with his diet" or "he is not really a team player" for instance could confuse a new coach. That could potentially be useful info but isn't in this game. Responses like that should be removed.
"With a little work he could be the complete package" does or does not mean good potential? The answer is not in the guide. I posted about this once and got many different answers. Some swore it was good potential. others swore it was average. The wording certainly seems like it should be good potential! The complete package might even be interpreted as sky is the limit. COmplete package is as good as it gets right?
How about "He's not the most gifted athlete . . . but not bad at all". This seems like it should be average potential. Yet it is good (according to the guide in the forums).
If you are a coach, and you get back 2 reports on 2 different athletes and one says, "not the most gifted athlete...but not bad at all" and the other says, "with a little work he could be the complete package", would you assume they both had the same potential? I wouldn't.
I am not saying recruiting is terrible. I agree it is one of the better aspects of the game. I also agree it could be better though. I think sometimes it might be helpful to look at the game through a new coach's eyes and not through eyes of coaches who have played for 50 seasons, downloaded recruiting addons and have read through the forums. Empty worlds with a handful of coaches who understand the intricacies of the game is no fun. Make the responses intuitive so we don't need a guide to intepret it and new coaches won't feel as lost.
Version 3 added position roles to aid in the recruiting process and roster organization. It also added sub positions (olb vs ilb for instance rather than just lb) to the basic search. We can now search based on those position ratings rather than overall ratings. These are good features that improve the game, especially for new coaches or coaches who are not interested in downloading addons, even though many coaches would have sworn recruiting didn't need to be improved upon.