Just wondering what you guys have come up with for recruiting. I haven't played much dynasty mode in the last 5 years or so since getting hooked on online play, but now that they have online dynasties, it's like getting the best of both worlds.
I've been running some sims with Rice lately (I have them in an online dynasty that has yet to start). They're a 2-star prestige team. Generally speaking, I've found that 5-star prospects are next to impossible to lure. I've had success with 4-stars and 3-stars who start off with interest, but the ones who don't have me in their top 10 right out of the gate are much trickier. 2-stars with interest are pretty easy to land, even if you go after them late in the recruiting cycle.
Here's the strategy I used last night that landed me a class of five 4-stars, four 3-stars and eight 2-stars.
First, I found all the prospects who had me in their top 10 and added all the 4-stars (I think there were four total), regardless of need. Then I took eight more 4-stars from my pipeline based on my recruiting needs. Then I added about 8-10 interested 3-stars. I also added one uninterested 3-star C just because I needed a C and he was the best one available in my pipeline. I don't even bother recruiting outside my pipeline unless there's interest right away.
I threw a lot of minutes at the 4-stars early and offered them all scholarships within the first couple weeks. By about the third or fourth week, I had offered all the 3- and 4-stars and made pretty good headway with them.
In terms of week-to-week recruiting, I usually start off by quick-calling. It seems to unlock more of their interests faster than doing it manually. I'd throw about 40 min per week at my top 10 guys and 20-30 min at the next 10. I don't think I ever had more than 20 guys on my board at one time.
As the season progressed and I lost a few of the 3- and 4-stars here and there to other teams, I would replace them with high interest 2-stars. The 2-stars that have you in their top 5 seem pretty easy to land, even if you start recruiting them late. With 2-stars, I would be much more selective. I look for sub-4.35 speed at skill positions and run blockers on the o-line. Near the end of the cycle, I started manually calling all the guys that I was in a close battle with another school over. I tried to make sure to leave them grinning ear to ear.
Here are the final results, along with their eventual OVR rating and SPD ratings when relevant:
QB 79 (80 spd)
CB 78 (96 spd)
ATH 73 (93 spd) - He was rated 73 at FS and CB. I made him a FS
QB 64 (89 spd)
WR 64 (91 spd)
The only need position I didn't fill was C, and I got stuck with a 47 ovr recruit there.
So what strategies have you guys been using? One thing I noticed is that I seemed to score poorly on in-home visits, even when I keyed on his three most important factors. Any advice there would be appreciated. Here are some questions I'd be interested in hearing people's thoughts on...
Do you offer scholarships early or hold off for a few weeks? Why?
Do you quick call, manually recruit, or use a combination of both?
Has anyone actually landed a 5-star with a low prestige school? I've gotten into the top 3 with a few, but never pulled one in. I'm thinking they're not worth it. It might be possible, but so is winning the lottery.