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247Sports is proud to announce today that we have released Player Database 2.0, which introduces many new products – including Crystal Ball, which allows experts throughout the industry to predict where prospects will play in college.
“We’ve always tried to say one step ahead of the industry,” 247Sports founder and CEO Shannon Terry said. “Today’s release showcases that fact perfectly. With our combination of engineering innovations, editorial offerings and our team of experts across the country, we’ll continue to be well ahead of the curve.”
At 247Sports, we were the first to provide a top 247 ranking of juniors. We were the first to provide an industry-generated rating and raking of players with the 247Composite. We also introduced the 247Composite Team Recruiting Rankings, which gives fans the most unbiased team rankings to date. Today’s release continues the progression of “firsts” for our company.
“This is a huge win for all fans,” 247Sports Chief Operating Officer Noah Stanley said. “The amount of additional data that we’ve added will spark new conversations and thoughts about the entire recruiting process.
“I’m excited for our entire team. The editorial experts get to showcase their knowledge more than ever, and our tech team – led by Cory Lovelace - can feel proud of the innovation they’ve led for our industry.”
At the end of the day, recruiting fans want to know the answer to two fundamental questions when it comes to players:
- “How good are they?”
- “Where are they going to school?”
With the release of these new products, 247Sports will help its users sift through all the noise and find the answers those questions.
“After more than two years of building the core infrastructure for our network, we are excited to now be in the phase of building innovative products and services for the industry,” Terry said. “We are just getting started, and are eager to move on with our efforts in enhancing our message boards, user interaction and mobile platform.”
Below is a brief description of many of the new products unveiled today:
Crystal Ball – This feature allows 247Sports experts and other media members to predict where they believe a prospect will eventually sign to play in college. It also records the date predictions were made. Analysts will be able to change their predictions throughout the recruiting process, but previous predictions (with date) will be listed as well. Crystal Ball appears below the school interests and above the timeline on the recruit profile page. Following are several Crystal Ball features with many more planned for the near future:
A. Main Link on Player Profile with cumulative results:
B. View all predictions on a specific player:
C. View all predictions from a specific recruiting analyst:
Skills meter – Football and basketball prospects will be rated on a scale of 1-10 in eight position-specific skill areas. For example, the eight skills for offensive linemen are different that the skills for wide receiver. The skills meter will appear on the right side of the recruit profile page under the video module (if there is one). On release, the 247Sports scouts led by Gerry Hamilton, Barton Simmons, Jerry Meyer and J.C. Shurburtt, provided skill ratings on more than 1000 prospects from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 classes.
A. Sample located in right area: http://247sports.com/Player/Hoza-Scott-13610
Ratings and Rankings History – Users will now be able to follow and compare – from start to finish – the ratings and rankings for each prospect. The product shows both ratings and rankings from our 247Sports scouts and the industry-generated 247Composite. The rating and ranking history will be under the skills meter on the prospect profile page. On the rankings pages, we also now feature “up” arrows and “down” arrows to show which direction and how many spots the player has recently moved in the rankings.
A. Sample located in right border area: http://247sports.com/Player/Hoza-Scott-13610
Coach pages – In addition to our player database, we also have a coaches database with coach pages. The coach profiles feature recruiting targets, salary (when available), timeline events, previous jobs and titles, hometown, alma mater and more.
A. Sample: Clarence McKinney (Texas A&M) - http://247sports.com/Coach/Clarence-McKinney-669
Commitment maps – On a team’s commitment list, there is a map of the United States about halfway down the page on the right hand side. The map has a pushpin representing a commitment’s hometown on the map. If you click View All, it will take you to another page with a larger map and a complete commit list with pushpins for all the prospects on the list.
In the future, 247Sports will focus heavily on bringing more visual ques to the user experience. The commitment map is a small sample of many more to come.
Team recruiting rankings for basketball – To this point, our basketball team recruiting rankings have been determined editorially and built in article pages. We are now able to offer a 247Composite Team Recruiting Ranking for basketball as well. The team rankings can be sorted by overall team rankings and by conference.
A. 2013 Basketball Team Recruiting Ranking
Recruiter rankings – The 247Composite recruiter rankings will rank coaches based on the commitments they are able to land and the prospects that they sign. There will generally be a primary coach and secondary coach for each prospect. The coaches are assigned points based on their recruiting skills, and ability to hold on to recruits following staff changes. We’ll take the data and formulate a 247Composite recruiter ranking nationally and by conference.
A. 2013 Football Recruiter Rankings
Ability to link to more video – Previously, the only video that we were able to link to on the network was YouTube video. We now have the ability to link to other free video outlets on the Internet, greatly increasing our ability for more video offerings.
Ranking Trends -- It's always nice to see who is making moves in the rankings, and because our rankings update at least daily it was hard to keep up with over time. We've now added a new column to the right of a recruit's, school's or coach's rank to tell you how far they've moved since the last update (we'll run an update every 15 days). If you need more than that for recruits, you may click on their profile to see the full history.
A. Sample -- 2014 Recruiter Ranking:
*** Cleaned up right borders on recruiting pages with more relevant resources
*** Enhanced Recruited by Coach: Along with the Recruiting Coach Rankings we've added more details into each coach on the player page. You'll now see a green P, K, or S to signify if the coach is the Primary, Secondary, or Keeper. The amount of coach data has increased immensely because of the rankings.
*** Added Age to prospect/player profiles (ex: 19 years and 2 months)
*** Based on user feedback, we better organized the player page based to present the features most used higher up the page. In addition, we added more news stories and photos.
*** Mobile Menu - Added hoops: Our new mobile menus now include links to all of the rankings and recruiting information for hoops too. Click on Recruits and choose the Basketball tab.
*** All features (with the exception of skills) have been added to the mobile site or will be added in the near future.
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This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Aubrey Bloom 12 months ago
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There's no way I'm going to be able to pass any of my classes anymore. This is just too beautiful. 247 has become the recruiting world equivalent of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory. I just hope I don't drown in the chocolate river of SCOOP!
Very cool. Like Crystal Ball. It calls Garrett, Cunningham, and Johnson to us unanimously.
Perroni changed his prediction for Adams to A&M and he is also now calling Hall for A&M with the other guys still saying Baylor.
Unfortunately it has LSU getting guys like Brown, Noil, and Willis and others.
Interestingly, 4/6 guys have Braden Smith going to Notre Dame. I know Hamm seemed pretty confident he would end up at A&M. Also 3/3 guys have Shorter going to Arkansas (Hamm doesn't have a prediction).
I have a strange feeling that the "crystal ball experts" like Hamilton and the goons on Hook em will always have recruits we're battling for going to texas.
Shorter is tough to predict right now. I know I've been confident, and so have sources, but he's got strong ties to the Arkansas program. I need a little more time before I throw out my crystal ball prediction.
Doesn't matter, it will show how accurate they are, so if they do that often we will know.
Wow - didn't see it coming that it was even still much of a debate. I guess either way the 2013 season may make a difference and potentially result in flipping him. Hopefully Arkansas has another bad year to make it an easier decision for him.
Taylor - not sure if this is already planned but I think it would be cool if 247 made it easy to track the accuracy of people's predictions. I know that could serve as a disincentive for some people to make predictions (particularly early ones) in the first place then but I think it could just further show that you are truly one of the best in the business.
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We absolutely will be tracking the accuracy and I know Shannon and the development guys have some ideas already in the works. Also, just so you guys know, we are allowed to change our predictions. It will document when we changed it (the date of the prediction is listed), so it won't allow us to switch our choice after player has committed to make it look like we were right, but so many things can change in recruiting.
is there a way to pull up a page of all the guys currently predicted to go to a specific school? and perhaps include the current commits for that school on that page also? could be really cool to see the class before it really comes together.
There will be ways to filter the crystal ball soon.
This stuff is so awesome!!
Let's add fan voting into the crystal ball feature. Our accuracy would be top notch.
I'm not sure about the other two guys that predicted Shorter to Arkansas but I think, at the end of the day, it is going to be tough to separate him from 2013 Arkansas signee DJ Dean. I believe the two live together and consider themselves to be like brothers.
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No sweat. We have Nixon and we'll just have to pull Mixon from Cali. We got this.
Perhaps somehow add a feature where the subscribers can make "crystal ball" predictions
It would be interseting to see how some of us that dont know a thing compare with the "experts"
That is one of the things that has been talked about and is likely coming in the next release.
Upvote from me. Very nice. Like the crystal ball, history of recruits ranking/rating, and the skills assessment. Heads and shoulders above the competition. Well done, gents.
Kudos to 247 for tracking accuracy. Great way to keep the predictions honest, and will help give users confidence in the predictions. You said there are some ideas in the works: do you know if some overall scoring system is being developed for the analysts predicting? A ranking system that shows how accurate are the individuals doing the predicting? like maybe a +3 for an accurate prediction, a -3 for an inaccurate prediction, and a -1 for a changed prediction.
Anyway, great stuff overall.
Yes that is in the works. It will give more points for predicting them early as well.
Would love to see these predictions on the Targets page for each team. Maybe I am just missing it?
That is a great call. We will add them in the future. Thanks, st
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I love all of this stuff. Great job guys. Hands down better than anything else out there.
Your search function blows. Look at Rivals. Learn something. Thanks.
Hoza an "8" for frame?
6'2" 220# is an ideal OLB. IDEAL. I can't wait until he's dry-fvcking the SEC with his "above avg" frame.
I just love me some Hoza (homo)
This post was edited by rpike 12 months ago
The highest he can get is a 9. So an 8 is actually impressive.
Go Blue & Gig Em'!
Why does Tony Brown have a 10?
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