Hey, remember when on the dawn of spring football I told you that two gentlemen from WVU football’s hierarchy were invited last summer to Florida to help EA Sports reimagine NCAA Football 2014?
And then a day later we took a look at what the two gentlemen, director of football operations Alex Hammond and coordinator of recruiting operations Ryan Dorchester, told EA to spruce up a little bit?
We knew the point of the invitation. We knew the pointers the Mountaineers provided during the visit. We just never knew what EA Sports was going to do with it.
Welp, we do now. One example:
“Previously there really wasn’t much strategy as to when you scheduled a prospect to come on a visit,” Haumiller said. “You did get a boost for bringing a prospect to a rivalry game, but you could bring in anyone you wanted for that game without worrying about how many players at a particular position were coming in that week.”
Hammond and Dorchester explained that the game needed to allow for the difference between a “competitive” visit and a “complementary” visit. Both can affect recruiting and EA Sports was convinced to make the change.
“So now you will want to space out when your quarterbacks visit, as bringing in two or more will cause a ‘competitive’ visit and will lower the number of points that can be awarded for the visit,” Haumiller said. “‘Complementary’ visits occur when you bring in, say, a quarterback, a wide receiver and an offensive lineman in the same week. By helping to give them a feel for who their teammates might be at the positions that are crucial for their success, each of those prospects will receive a boost to the number of points they can earn in a visit.”