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First of all, we are glad to have all of you around. Whether you are a new member or one of our loyal members that followed all the news up to today.
Hopefully most of you stick around after signing day. IMO the staff is going to change things and be a bit more liberal with the recruiting process. Also this Spring should be interesting if practices are open and the the differences under Mark Helfrich.
Here are a few of the post signing day things we plan on rolling with.
Behind the scenes recruiting news - On commits and some lost targets.
Top 5 Oregon preps for 2014
Full 2013 commit analysis
Top 5 Cali preps
Top 5 Arizona preps
Most likely to earn an offer in the 2014 class
Needs for 2014
Scholarship breakdown, position needs
Top 2014 sleepers to watch
From 247Sports CEO Shannon Terry
Since we have all eyes on us right now, it’s probably a good idea to go over some of our production plans for the next few months.
First, I want to continue to reiterate that we are in the final stage of releasing the last piece of our infrastructure rewrite. We are about 80% complete and will spend the next 2-3 months finishing this build so that we can move forward with our production plans that should form the basis of our platform for the next decade.
Once this final piece has been completed, we can easily roll out new products such as feeds, mobile apps and a few "Area 51" type products that will revolutionize our industry this year. The last piece of the infrastructure rewrite consists of message boards and will be the most complicated and time consuming. However, our engineers are highly motivated to complete this project so that we can take our next steps as a company.
During the next 2-3 months -- as we complete the board/infrastructure project -- it is our intentions/hopes to roll out a few smaller consumer-based projects. We have a long list of small adjustments to current products and a few smaller releases.
Following are a few "wins" we hope to release over the next few months.
*** Assistant Coach Recruiting Ranking: We are going to create a computer-generated Assistant Coach Recruiting Ranking tied to the Gaussian Distribution formula and the #247Composite ranking. Let the data determine who the nation’s top recruiter is for each class. Users will be able to keep up with coach rankings live with each commitment throughout the year.
*** Basketball Recruiting Ranking: Just like football recruiting, 247Sports will soon launch a computer-generated basketball recruiting ranking tied to the Gaussian Distribution formula. Will have versions for 247Sports rankings and the 247Composite. We can adjust the standard deviation to account for smaller class sizes.
*** Crystal Ball: 247Sports takes pride in building and managing the very best recruiting Player Database. We are taking it up a notch by launching a “Crystal Ball” section on the player page. The entire 247Sports recruiting staff (both national and team site reporters) will have the ability to predict where a recruit is going to sign. Users will be able to easily see predictions for each player as well as all predictions made by a specific recruiting analyst. The Crystal Ball will also give percentages and dates for each prediction. We will ultimately expand this project to allow other analysts in the industry to make predictions as well as 247Sports users.
*** Skill Ratings: We are adding a skills meter to each player profile in the 247Sports player database. Instead of using generic skills, such as size, speed, strength, etc, we have created skill categories based on the actual position. For example, for offensive lineman some of the skills rated would be (1) pass blocking, (2) run blocking, (3) size, (4) toughness, etc. ... just trying to be a little more detailed and thorough.
It is important to note that these upcoming releases are just the start. For the past two years, we have spent the bulk of our time and resources just getting off the ground and positioning the company to compete in the sports media space.
We are a customer-driven company and believe in people and technology. We are about to take a significant step forward in the development of products and services that we believe will shape our industry for the next decade. We appreciate your support and are extremely motivated to give you an unmatched product.
I would like to leave you with one last thought.
We have been discussing internally over the past 30-60 days the idea of changing the message board setup across the 247Sports network.
Here’s what we are considering:
#1. Users must be members of a "home site" to post on a message board. This is the way it is setup now for most sites in the network. (for example, only a Ohio State fan could post on the Ohio State site – Bucknuts).
#2. Users still have the option to check whether their posts are VIP or free. This is also the way it is setup currently. It gives our staff reporters and admins the flexibility to determine if content is free or premium (VIP).
Here’s the fundamental change:
#3A. All members of the 247Sports network can read VIP posts from ALL message boards (if they are a member to any site). Obviously, this is a major change from the current setup. It is the number one request we frequently receive regarding new products. It is common for users to take a free-trial for an opposing school to get the latest on a recruit or a rival school, so it is not uncommon for members of the network to visit/read multiple boards on the site. In reality, there’s no real “hidden” information or “super secret” inside scoop that is only shared among a fanbase.
#3B. Another variation of #3A would be to allow ALL members of the 247Sports network to read VIP posts (if they are a member) on all message boards from all admins/site reporters (only). This would give all subscribers to the network the ability to read all message board posts from 247Sports team site and 247Sports national reporters, but users would have to be a member of a specific site to read the posts from the various users on that specific message board. This idea is along the same concept, but slightly different. 247Sports is very team-based and most all of our staff reporters work in conjunction to bring users news and updates. So, to allow all VIP members to read all of the team site message boards would not alienate any of our team site reporters and publishers -- as they almost always work together.
To me the value of being able to read all of the boards in the 247Sports network is a huge Plus to the customer.
Our goal from the start is NOT to build a Rivals.com 2.0, but build something broader with more value to the consumer.
We have been researching this possibility and will continue to do so with our closest advisors over the next few weeks. Right now, we are heavily leaning in that direction.
Thanks for your attention and hope everyone has a wonderful National Signing Day.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Ron Sanders 17 months ago
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sounds great! i'm sure most will be happy that we might be reaching out to a few more recruits then previous numbers!
Nice! Looking forward to starting fresh and making early and often contact with some top recruits!
If you have anything you'd like to suggest for this, please pass that along.
Looks like you pretty much have it covered!
Actually, aside from recruiting outlooks, how about from the team? I know it's early and for the most part would be pure opinion, but would like to know what you guys think.
Absolutely! We will definitely start on that right away.
Very exciting stuff - as always top notch. A big thank you, and although it's a "slow time" I'll be sticking with y'all.
The thing I really want to see is a chat feature. Also, there was once a mention of being able to see which posters were online and basically chat with them individually, like a facebook chat, but haven't heard about that possibility in like a year at least. Having a chat would be a huge addition though.
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Ya that would be cool. Another big thing that I would love to see is a scouting report of each recruit. This is something that ESPN does that I really like. Being able to read a paragraph about a player would be a good addition to the skills rating feature. This is obviously a lot of work...
I like this but I liked how Rivals did it better in the past than ESPN. Strengths/weaknesses/guess on how they'll work out.
During the slow time - what about one on ones with each of the current Duck players along with recruits?
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Because you guys are always trying to expand and make the site better has it been any talk of Associating of trying to Bring in biggins Of Scouts.com....?
my 2 cents here guys... i think JHop & Co. have done a great job the last several weeks. i am a member of every site out there and there is no comparison re: news being broken on this site.
i think the new products/evaluations that the mods are planning on rolling out are great. if you are not a paying member of this site, please consider it.
I didn't see any mention of a weekly feature about ME, so color me disappointed.
sounds pretty flipping sweat!
I agree this is the one thing ESPN has going for it. It could be condensed down to two sentences in something of a pro con outlook and still be great. Tall rangy defender with excellent quickness. Struggles against the run but with added strength he could have first team PAC 12 potential. Either way you're doing great work and I'll be a year round customer regardless.
We're really excited about what's to come in the next year or so. I'm personally really eager to try out these new bells and whistles and see how they work. The Crystal Ball feature, however, makes me fearful for the longevity of some of us in this business (myself included, lol).
We will miss you chris. =)
I gotchu with an upvote.
Crystal ball says there's a 67.5% chance that youre gonna make it kid!
Sounds like This may be my last post. Since I am a non paying member it appears that my time is up. Even though the cost is not great to have a paid membership I cannot justify it because of my current situation. Maybe in the future I will be back but don't know. Contrary to the statement that you are not trying to be another Rivals further limiting what non-paying users can participate in does follow the path of the Rivals site. Have enjoyed posting here and must say that for the most part other posters are very respectful. GoDucks
One of the main things I've always wanted to know about recruits and recruiting is, what is there major or what are they interested in...because that really tells you whether you have a chance or not.
Great job guys love that direction of 24/7.
One thing that would be nice in terms of how posts are entered on a thread; have replies entered directly after a quoted post. As currently done some responses to posts early in a thread lose the context of posts preceding the quoted post.
No, no, no, please no. Then in a 5 page thread you might have to go back to page 2 just to search for a new post. I've seen forums like that, and its horrible. Keep the new posts last.
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