Hello, everyone, my name is CokeGreaterThanPepsi, and I am a recruiting junkie. Most of you already that I make no bones about the fact that I love following recruiting. At HardcoreHusky, we have a saying for following recruiting: “TBS,” short for Teen Boy Stalking, as that is what is essentially happening, if we are all being honest. I embrace my TBS nature, and this article serves on giving fellow TBS’ers a few tips I’ve learned in this past recruiting cycle on how to follow recruiting without having to pay $10.95 a month for information that is readily available to you for free on Twitter!
Quite Honestly, Twitter is All You Need
Seriously people, if you are paying a website for information on recruiting, most of what they are getting and making you pay for is available on Twitter. Everything you need to know about where a recruit is likely to go to school can be found on Twitter.
Non-Jedi TBS’er Experience: “Washington just offered Izzy Mandelbaum from NY, you heard it here first at our website where you pay us money for this information”
Jedi TBS’er Experience: Izzy Mandelbaum logs onto Twitter, types, “Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Washington (Insert Purple and Gold Hearts and Dog Face emoji’s here)”. Izzy then hits enter and that information is immediately available to anyone with Twitter.
“But Coker, I don’t want to get Twitter; I am old, rich and white.” That is fine, just follow our free recruiting bored and you’ll be up to date and maintain your Twitter free lifestyle!
Who do the Coaches Follow?
There used to be a day when us TBS’ers had a hard time figuring out who UW was even recruiting in the first place. This was actually a time where websites that you have to pay for actually made sense. But once again, there is this new thing called Twitter that is free.
I remember the days where TBS’ers had to ask overweight, condescending “reporters” about who UW was recruiting.
Non-Jedi TBS’er Experience: Asks “reporter” in June, “Has UW been recruiting Bob Sacamano from New York, he seems like a really good player and I know someone that is friends with him.” The reporter, may or may not answer your question, but either way he will make you feel like an idiot.
Jedi TBS’er Experience: “Hey, I wonder if UW is recruiting Bob Sacamano from New York. I’ll log onto Twitter and see if any of our coaches are following him!”
On a side note, for next level TBS work, if a coach is following a recruit it means they are definitely on their big board for recruiting. If a GA is following a recruit on twitter and coaches aren’t, it means that they are keeping them on the hook and/or still evaluating the recruit.
This is a key one for me personally, especially as an announcement date is coming up for a recruit. It once again is free, no money is required to find this out, and guess what… the people you are paying to give you information are likely doing this as well and citing it as “sources”!
With Levi Onwuzurike this year it was very obvious from his likes leading up to his announcement date that he was going to be going to Washington, his likes on Twitter were heavily favoring UW tweets, only a few Baylor and Michigan tweets were liked by him.
Sadly, the reason I was very down about our chances with David Long a few days after he de-committed from Stanford was because he was liking EVERYTHING Michigan related. Amazingly enough, people who get paid to TBS for a living were still pumping smoke for some time about him coming to UW, but his actions on Twitter were suggesting that was wrong.
There was, however, the strange case of Byron Murphy. All the way leading up to his announcement date he was liking exclusively ASU tweets, that is why I so amazingly proclaimed on The Season is Over Podcast before his announcement that we had no chance at him. It sure seems like UW pulled him in on the last day.
Petersen’s Recruiting Methods Make Forecasting Easier
By now everyone knows the commitment rules with Chris Petersen, if you want to be committed to UW you have to have been up on a visit at some point and you have to be fully committed, if you visit other schools they will start looking at other recruits to fill your spot because you aren’t on board at that point. Amazingly enough, this strategy has really held true for UW and has also made it much easier to find patterns in UW recruiting for TBS’ers around the world.
Let’s say there is a recruit named Ben Ossai that is considering coming to UW in the 2017 class. If he unofficially visits before the 2016 season kicks off, by the trends Petersen has started in his first three classes, UW will have a terrific shot at getting that player. And if UW ends up in that players top 2-3 it is even better. We know this because Ben Ossai knows the Petersen rules already, he knows that he had to visit to be able to commit.
Some of you may be asking, “BUT COKER, HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE PLAYER HAS UNOFFICIALLY VISITED!!!!! HUH?!?! That is why we need to pay websites to tell us if they did.” Well, you would know because THEY POST THAT THEY VISITED A CAMPUS ALL OVER TWITTER BECAUSE THEY’RE KIDS AND WANT ATTENTION.
Petersen is a Witch with Commitments
The most amazing aspect of Petersen and his recruiting so far is that once a kid commits they hold onto nearly all of them.
In Petersen’s first 3 classes 66 players have publicly committed to UW, of those 66 only 1 player did not sign with UW (Jalen Greene). That is a close rate of 98.5%, that’s even better than 81%! The best part about the Jalen Greene thing is that he was recruited as a QB here, Sark swooped in (panicked) offered him as a QB, Greene committed to Sark, Sark immediately moved him to WR. And then UW beat Sark in the Coliseum, he went on a bender, and got fired in humiliating fashion (Just really wanted to include that part).
This is an aspect of recruiting that I need to work on as I had a straight up meltdown several times concerning Kentrell Love. I apologize to you all for that.
So my fellow TBS’ers, Signing Day is over and I hope I gave you some good techniques as our stalking starts in earnest for the 2017 class. So join in on the recruiting board, stop paying websites money for information that is available for free, and enjoy being able to say a recruit isn’t good at football without getting silenced!