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    Recruiting Guide by Evil Dave

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                                  *NCAA Football 07*
                                  *Recruiting Guide*
    Table of Contents:
    01) Guide/Contact Information [abc]
    02) Introduction [acd]
    03) Recruiting Basics [ade]
       03a) About Recruiting [bcd]
       03b) Recruiting in NCAA Football 07 [bde]
    04) Terms to Know [aef]
    05) General Recruiting Strategies [afg]
       05a) Determining Who to Pursue [bef]
       05b) Choosing a Pitch [bfg]
    06) In-Season-Only Recruiting Strategies [agh]
       06a) My Restrictions [bgh]
       06b) Choosing Your Targets [bhi]
       06c) Spending Points [bij]
       06d) In-Season Pitches [bjk]
       06e) Official Visits [bkl]
    07) Offseason-Only Recruiting Strategies [ahi]
       07a) Your Team's Budget [blm] 
       07b) Choosing Your Targets [bmn]
       07c) Determining Interest [bno]
       07d) Spending Points [bop]
       07e) Position Changes [bpq]
    08) Week-by-Week Breakdown [aij]
       06a) In-Season Recruiting [bqr]
       06b) Offseason Recruiting [brs]
    09) Differences Between the PlayStation 2/XBox & XBox 360 Versions [ajk]
    10) Frequently Asked Questions [akl]
    11) Thanks/Legal Info [alm]
    01) Guide/Contact Information [abc]
    NCAA Football Recruiting Guide/FAQ ver. 1.15
    Created, edited, and maintained by Evil Dave (David Bernardo)
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    To quickly navigate this FAQ, use your browser's 'Find' function (Ctrl+F in
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    Version History:
    v0.25 - The beginning. Began reviewing 06 edition for information still useful
            in 07 game, and transferred framework of 06 guide into new guide.
    v0.35 - Completed majority of the work of translating 06 guide info into this
            year's guide. Began re-writes.
    v0.75 - Completed re-writing information from 06 guide. Began expanding and
            adding info for 07 version.
    v0.95 - Completed main body of guide. Finishing work on quick navigation,
            headers, FAQs, and general formatting. Release imminent.
    v1.00 - Final spelling/grammar check complete. All framework and formatting
            complete. Submitted to GameFAQs 8/01/2006.
    v1.05 - First update. Added some user-submitted information, a FAQ, and a
            section detailing the XBox 360 version's differences.
    v1.10 - Added some info, re-wrote a handful of troublesome sections. Did some
            minor touch-ups as well.
    v1.15 - More slight touch-ups to grammar and syntax, added more user-
            submitted information, including stat conversions.
    02) Introduction [acd]
    Another year, another round of EA Sports games. So it goes, and will go, from
    here to eternity...
    NCAA Football is, in my thankless opinion, the most appealing title in EA's
    sporting videogame lineup. Having played the game since it first appeared on
    PlayStation 2 back in 2002, I've seen the series' highs (the debut of online
    play in 2003, for instance) and lows (the seeming lack of a decent pass
    defense in, well, always). Mostly, though, I've seen Dynasty mode. A whole
    darn lot of it.
    I play my Dynasties in NCAA Football very passionately. Being the huge
    football fan that I am, the rush that I get from taking a low-prestige team -
    usually my beloved UConn Huskies - and transforming them into a national
    powerhouse is something that I will likely never outgrow. So, every year I'm
    back at it, trying to resuscitate some school's football dreams.
    Of course, the most reliable way to do this is through intelligent, well-
    focused recruiting. Luckily for me, I have found through the years that not
    only do I greatly enjoy recruiting, but that I am also fairly good at it. My
    teams consistently show significant improvement over the course of the first
    few years that I control their recruiting, and by year ten of any given
    Dynasty they will likely have at least two BCS game appearances under their
    belts. Keep in mind, now, that I do not play any of my team's games myself; I
    stick strictly to simulating them, in order not to influence the results.
    This FAQ will focus on the recruiting portion of NCAA Football 07's Dynasty
    Mode. I will break down each facet of both the in-season and offseason
    recruiting periods, and will subsequently offer my hints and tips on the
    proceedings. This FAQ will *not* cover any other aspects of the Dynasty Mode;
    all areas of the game outside of recruiting will only be referenced as they
    pertain to the recruiting itself.
    I also should remind everyone that the methods in this guide will not serve as
    a substitute to your team winning games. This guide should help you find and
    acquire the best possible players for your team, but you will still need to
    actually win the games themselves. Your program - and the quality of your
    recruits - will only increase in prestige by following up your recruiting with
    results on the field; after all, as important as recruiting may be, it will
    never guarantee victory!
    03) Recruiting Basics [ade]
       03a) About Recruiting [bcd]
    Right now, you're probably asking yourself, "Just what in the heck is this
    crazy recruiting thing?" Well, I'll tell you: recruiting is the method
    utilized by universities to fill their quota of athletic scholarships for any
    sport that offers them. The basic premise here, from the perspective that you
    will be taking (which is to say, that of the coach of the offering university)
    is one of supply and demand: the better the players you try to bring in, the
    harder it is to get them. Any free-market capitalist like you or I should
    understand that, in order to increase your chances of getting those prime
    players, you will need to direct a more concentrated effort towards them in
    your pursuit.
    Another key thing to remember is that you are competing directly against other
    schools for each and every one of your recruits. This means that you will need
    to make your school's offer stand out from the rest of the scholarships your
    targets are seeing. Seeing as we aren't dealing with real people here, _how_
    you recruit in NCAA Football 07 becomes almost as important as _who_ you
    recruit. Ultimately, your job - and the main challenge of recruiting - is to
    find the best available players whom you are interested in having play for
    your team and then try to convince them to attend your school.
       03b) Recruiting in NCAA Football 07 [bde]
    NCAA Football, being a videogame, cannot portray the recruiting effort in a
    100% accurate manner. Heck, it can't even get it remotely right - after all,
    have you ever met a computer that feels emotion? Anyway, this means that
    Tiburon, the game's developer, was required to take some creative license in
    the process of modeling recruiting for their videogame. What they've ended up
    with here is a setup that, while not very realistic, still manages to emulate
    the practice of recruiting in a manner that is fair, simple to understand and
    engage in, and difficult to master.
    So, how did they do it? Well, like any good bunch of computer programmers,
    they boiled recruiting down into a numbers game. Yes, you read that correctly;
    the main challenges of recruiting in NCAA Football involve managing budgets.
    For those of you who loathe math, never fear: recruiting is in no way
    entirely a numbers game. No, your budgets are used simply to divide up your
    attention between activities and players. The actual tool you will use to
    interact with your targeted players is the 'pitch.' Your 'pitch' is,
    essentially, your selling point; it is the one facet of your program that you
    will relate to these players to convince them to attend your university. Since
    this is a game, there are only six generic pitches available, and you must
    decide which one to sell to each recruit. The eventual goal with pitches is to
    figure out which of the six your targeted player will fall for, and then
    repeat it to him ad nauseum until he capitulates to your pleas and signs with
    your school.
    A third factor that plays into recruiting in the NCAA Football games is
    timing. There are two separate periods during which you will be able to
    pursue players - In-Season and during the Offseason - with each period being
    additionally segmented into individual weeks. You must navigate these time
    frames, trying to ensure that important events occur at opportune times
    (which, more often than not, ends up being as soon as possible).
    These three dynamics, and how they interact, present the majority of the
    challenge when you are recruiting in the NCAA Football games. Needless to say,
    there will other, less significant (but still important) factors to comprehend
    as well, but on the whole you will most need to learn to deal with budgets,
    pitches, and timing.
    04) Terms to Know [aef]
    Athlete - A player who does not yet have an assigned position that they will
              play at the collegiate level. Recruiting one of these players (their
              position abbreviation is 'ATH') means that you must allot them a
              position to play during an offseason event.
    Commit - When a recruit accepts a university's scholarship offer, it is said
             that they have committed to attend that school. In this series, a
             commitment is 100% binding.
    DNQ - An acronym for 'Did Not Qualify.' Used when a player does not meet the
          NCAA eligibility standards to play for an athletic team. In this series,
          denotes a player who did not sign with any school during the Offseason
          recruiting period and thus will not play for any team in the upcoming
    Pipeline - A state/territory that has provided your school with at least three
               enrolled recruits within the past two years. While the benefits of
               these are ambiguous, occasionally players from a Pipeline State are
               more likely to have interest in attending your school.
    Pitch - A reason why a player should choose to attend your university instead
            of other schools; you will give these to targeted recruits during your
            pursuit of them. There are six generic pitches:
            Program Prestige - Your program's importance and tradition. Your 
                               selling point is that your target should choose
                               your school because of its storied past and
                               national recognition.
            Location     -     Where your school is located, nationally. Your
                               selling point is that your target should choose 
                               your school because of how close it is to their
                               home town/city.
            Playing Time   -   The amount of time a player will be on the field.
                               Your selling point is that your target should
                               choose your school because they will be able to
                               play during their first year with the team.
            Coaching Style  -  The type of plays you typically call during your
                               games. Your selling point is that your target
                               should choose your school because the plays you
                               call fit well with what the target's abilities.
            Coach Prestige  -  Your personal importance as a coach. Your selling
                               point is that your target should choose your school
                               because of how impressive your standing as a coach
            Academics     -    Your school's academic standing. Your selling point
                               is that your target should choose your school
                               because of the educational opportunities that it
    Ratings - Your recruit's statistics for each ability. You are not able to view
              the actual numerical statistics for any players you pursue; instead,
              you are given the statistical 'ratings' as part of the player's
              personal information. These translate roughly into the actual
              numbers of a player's attributes. Here is what each correlates to:
              40 Time: Speed (Spd)
              Field Awareness: Awareness (Awr)
              Vertical: Jumping (Jmp)
              Hands: Catching (Cth)
              Bench Press: Strength (Str)
              Squat: Break Tackle (Btk) and Run Blocking (Rbk) in offensive
                     players; Tackling (Tak) in defensive players
              Arm Strength: Throwing Power (Thp)
              Throw Accuracy: Throwing Accuracy (Tha)
              Leg Strength: Kicking Power (Kpw)
              Kick Accuracy: Kicking Accuracy (Kac)
              Potential: That player's potential for improvement
              Discipline: That player's self-discipline
              Potential and Discipline are not measured stats. Potential
              determines how likely a player is to improve by a higher amount of
              points during the 'Training' event in the offseason, while
              Discipline correlates to how likely a player is to commit any
              infractions during the football season.
    Scholarship - An offer given by universities to pay a student's tuition if the
                  student attends their school. In athletics, scholarships are
                  given to athletes in exchange for the athlete playing for the
                  university's athletics teams.
    Scout - To test a player to see what his 'ratings' are. By spending budgeted
            points to 'scout' a prospect during the offseason recruiting period,
            you reveal more accurate stat ratings for the recruit than the ones
            listed in the player's personal information.
    Soft Verbal - This indicates that a targeted player has made a non-binding
                  verbal agreement to attend a university. These agreements are
                  not considered commitments, and can be broken by the players who
                  give them.
    Stars - The preliminary determination of how talented a player each recruit
            is. Each recruit is assigned a measure of stars by the game. Players
            with more stars are considered better players than those with fewer
            stars. There are only a limited number of maximum-rated (5*) players;
            these recruits receive the most interest from teams, and are called
            Blue-Chip recruits.
    Visits - When a player tours a school's facilities. These can be either
             unofficial or official. Unofficial visits are out of your control,
             and have little bearing on your recruiting efforts; official visits
             must be scheduled during In-Season recruiting, as each player is
             limited to taking three of these.
    05) General Recruiting Strategies [afg]
    These strategies apply to both In-Season and Offseason recruiting, and are the
    core aspects of recruiting.
       05a) Determining Who to Pursue [bef]
    Choosing which players to pursue is the first thing you will do in either
    phase of recruiting, and so it is a good place to begin.
    Before you begin recruiting, you should figure out which positions on your
    team you will focus on during recruiting. The Team Overview screen, which is
    viewable by holding down the Circle button in both recruiting periods, is
    helpful in sorting out your roster. Any position where you need immediate help
    (i.e. you are below the game's required number of players for that position),
    should be one such focus. If you are solid at most or all positions for next
    season, you should then focus on positions where you have more upperclassmen
    (Juniors) than lowerclassmen (Freshmen and Sophomores). Once you've decided
    what specific areas need improvement, you can begin to search for individual
    players to fit those holes.
    If given the choice, always opt for Top 50 players over others at the same
    position; this is due to the fact that, more often than not, the position
    rankings are an accurate indicator of each recruit's ability, relative to
    other players at the same position.
    It is always a good idea to try to choose targets from local areas (and
    especially your home state) over ones from further-away places. By building a
    proverbial 'wall' around your home area, you practically ensure that all of
    the talent that comes out of it over the years stays within your program. The
    easiest way to build up a lower-prestige school is to focus on keeping native
    talent home, and so it becomes even more important to try to target those
    home-grown players whenever you can. Higher-prestige programs should always
    make it a priority to pursue neighborhood talent as well, although they should
    never pass up a more-skilled player from out of town as a result.
    Another way to differentiate between players with the same star ranking is
    their stats; the stats given are only approximate, but certain ones like
    Awareness are good indicators of how good a player's stats will ultimately
    turn out. In general, you should look for players whose stats are balanced
    between all areas that contribute to the player's overall rating. Speed is a
    key stat to pay attention to. You've probably heard the saying 'speed can't be
    taught,' and the saying applies very clearly to this game; each player's speed
    stat will rarely increases by 2-3 points the course of their career, so any
    recruits that you find with excellent speed should be treated as a prized
    Discipline is another factor that should be considered when recruiting. When
    choosing between players, it is beneficial to pursue players with 'excellent'
    discipline over those with 'poor' discipline, but it isn't essential. In fact,
    if you run your team wisely, you can get by with a team comprised entirely of
    'poor' discipline players, so never rule out a prospect just because he has
    bad discipline.
    It is also a good idea to pay attention to each recruit's 'potential' rating
    when targeting players to recruit, although not as much so as discipline. In
    fact, the only real use for potential is in differentiating between two
    recruits who are otherwise very similar; if one has a higher potential rating,
    that's the one you should make your primary focus. Potential ratings are
    somewhat misleading - you never really know how any player will progress
    during offseason training, regardless of their rating - so you should only use
    them as a tiebreaker.
    You should always try to pick players who fit your playing scheme; for
    example, if you run the ball more often, you should try to get more HBs and
    strong OLs, whereas in a passing offense you will need better WRs and smarter,
    more technically sound OLs. Figure out what players fit your play calling
    style, and target them over others who might not.
    Finally, there is one thing you should never, ever, _EVER_ do, in either
    recruiting period: pursue an excessive number of players at any one position.
    For starters, it's unrealistic to the point of being nonsensical for a team to
    sign a half-dozen players at one position, despite the fact that CPU-
    controlled teams have a tendency to do just that. Regardless of your feelings
    about its realism, though, if you do sign a large number of players at one
    position, only one or two of those players will end up receiving any
    meaningful playing time when the regular season starts. This means that the
    ones whom you signed that end up sitting on the bench are likely to end up
    transferring out of your school! So, by signing too many players for one
    position, you will wind up not only having used up a valuable roster spot on
    an unneeded player, but also having trained and improved a player and who will
    probably only see playing time for a team that isn't yours. Very foolish, no?
       05b) Choosing a Pitch [bfg]
    With a selection of six different pitches to choose from, you will almost
    never be lacking in a sales point to throw at your recruits. Of course, just
    giving any old pitch to your targets is a foolish way to operate, so you'll
    need to figure out which of the six pitches is most likely to get that
    positive response you're looking for.
    When the game generates a recruit, it assigns a specific pitch to the player
    alongside their statistics. Your job in recruiting is to figure out which of
    the six pitches is the magic bullet, and then push it on them repeatedly until
    they commit to sign with your university. This lends the pitch system the feel
    of a six-pronged process of elimination, with each unsuccessful pitch bringing
    you 1/6 closer to the correct one. Obviously, you would like to find that
    correct pitch as soon as possible, so you can get a jump on the competition in
    the race for the player's services.
    Simply put, the best way to narrow down your choices is to use a bit of common
    sense when choosing your primary pitch. Upon your initial examination of any
    given player, there should be one or two of the six pitches that would
    logically seem the most likely to appeal to the recruit. By utilizing the fine
    art of educated guessing, you can greatly increase your chances of finding the
    correct choice sooner, and thus enhance your prospects of landing the player.
    The following is a simple description of the type of player most likely to
    respond positively (and negatively) to each pitch:
      Program Prestige - If your team has a prestige rating of 3* or higher, this
                         is a fairly safe pitch to give; however, if your target
                         is being recruited by higher-prestige schools, the pitch
                         may end up as a negative.
      Location     -     If a player's hometown is close to your school ('close'
                         meaning geographically), this pitch is safe to give;
                         however, if your target is being recruited by schools
                         closer to their home, the pitch may end up as a negative.
      Playing Time   -   If your targeted player is likely to end up as the
                         starter at their position in their first year with your
                         team, this pitch is safe to give; however, since overall
                         ratings are by no means uniform between players with the
                         same star rating, you can never be 100% sure that the
                         pitch is correct. Also, if you are recruiting two players
                         at the same position with this pitch, and one commits
                         before the other, the pitch may turn into a negative for
                         the other.
      Coaching Style  -  If your play calling style would give your targeted
                         player a lot of playing time, this pitch is a good one to
                         use; however, you need to be certain that your play call
                         style does correspond with the player's position. If you
                         play all of your team's games, you can change your play
                         call sliders (under Coach Options --> Strategy) to
                         reflect the style of game you like to play; this seems to
                         help land Coaching Style recruits, especially when the
                         Defensive Aggression slider is set to very aggressive.
      Coach Prestige  -  If your coaching prestige rating is 3* or higher, this is
                         a fairly safe pitch to give; however, if your target is
                         being recruited by higher-prestige coaches, the pitch may
                         end up as a negative. This pitch works in the same manner
                         as Program Prestige.
      Academics     -    The most difficult pitch that you will be faced with
                         figuring out, as it is somewhat rare to find. There is
                         really no surefire way to know if a player will be
                         interested by this pitch, so it's best to use it only as
                         a last resort when all other logical options have been
                         exhausted. If your school's Academic Prestige rating is
                         above average, there is a larger chance that this will be
                         the correct pitch.
    You will, of course, encounter situations where multiple pitches have a strong
    possibility of being correct for any specific recruit. With players like this,
    you should just use your best judgment to select your initial pitch.
    A quick and fairly accurate gauge of any recruit's interests is the list of
    schools that the player would like to attend. Make sure to scan the 'wish
    list' that is included with each player's bio to look for patterns between the
    other teams on it; you may be able to tell that, for example, all of his
    desired destinations are close to his hometown, or that they are all high-
    prestige universities. With no other reliable ways of gauging the player's
    interests, it becomes very important to use whatever information you have at
    your disposal to the best of your ability.
    Unfortunately, no matter how well you plan your strategy out, no pitch is ever
    guaranteed to work for any player, regardless of how well the pitch would seem
    to suit their interests. You will definitely encounter times when your
    target's preferred pitch is completely different from what you're expecting,
    and you may not figure it out until it's too late. Using common sense is
    always going to be the most sound method of guiding your pitch selection, but
    it is hardly foolproof, so you should expect a fair amount of failures along
    the way; the important thing to remember, though, is that you're still putting
    yourself in the best position possible to fill out your roster with the most
    talented players available.
    06) In-Season Only Recruiting Strategies [bef]
    In-Season recruiting differs from Offseason recruiting in that you are given
    the choice of whom you wish to pursue with your scholarship offers, rather
    than having to look for players who already have interest in your school. The
    pool of potential signees here is significantly higher in average star rating
    than that of Offseason recruiting as well, although these players usually end
    up inferior to their equally-ranked offseason counterparts once you get to see
    their actual statistics.
    The process here is rather simple: you begin with a total of twelve
    scholarships to offer, starting in the Preseason. You choose whom you will
    recruit from the pool before Week One, and then you begin your season as
    usual. Throughout the course of the campaign, you pursue your recruits by
    assigning them a numerical percentage of your attention, while at the same
    time passively obtaining information about the recruit's preferences and
    ratings. Eventually, each player narrows their list of schools down to three,
    and then that player takes an official visit to each of those three teams.
    Your goal here in In-Season recruiting is to keep your school in your target
    players' top three until they choose to visit your school, and then to select
    the correct pitch during their visit to your team, which will hopefully take
    place during a victorious outing by your existing players.
    The following strategies pertain only to In-Season recruiting, and should only
    be used as such.
       06a) My Restrictions [bgh]
    The major problem with In-Season recruiting in this game, in my opinion, is
    that it is possible (and easy) to pursue and even sign players who would not
    be remotely feasible recruiting targets for your chosen school in reality.
    Upon the realization of this fact in last year's game, I decided to implement
    my own set of restrictions on my In-Season recruiting, which I have carried
    over into this year's version. Now, you are free to use or ignore these
    guidelines when you're playing your own Dynasty, but I've found that using
    them not only adds to the realism of the mode, but also adds a bit more
    tension to the proceedings as well, since every recruit matters so much more
    with lower prestige teams. Either way, here they are:
      6* prestige: If your program is at 6* for prestige, there are no
      5* prestige: If your program is at 5* for prestige, there are no
      4* prestige: If your program is at 4* for prestige, you may only pursue 5*
                   recruits who are from local states/territories, or from
                   Pipeline States. There are no restrictions on 4* recruits.
      3* Prestige: If your program is at 3* for prestige, you may only pursue 5*
                   recruits if they are from your home state. You may only pursue
                   4* recruits who are from local states/territories, or from
                   Pipeline states. There are no restrictions on 3* recruits.
      2* Prestige: If your program is at 2* for prestige, you may not pursue 5*
                   recruits. You may only pursue 4* recruits from local states/
                   territories, or from Pipeline States, up to a maximum of three
                   players. There are no restrictions on 3* recruits.
      1* Prestige: If your program is at 1* for prestige, you may not pursue 5*
                   or 4* recruits. You may only pursue 3* recruits who are from
                   local states/territories, or from Pipeline States. If there are
                   not enough local 3* recruits to fill the 12-player quota, you
                   may pursue any 4* players from your home state, or from any
                   Pipeline States, until the quota has been filled.
    Again, I use these restrictions simply as a method to ensure deeper realism in
    my gameplay experiences, so they are in no way mandatory to use.
       06b) Choosing Your Targets [bhi]
    Since you are always given the exact same amount of scholarships and
    percentage points to work with during In-Season recruiting, I find that it is
    always best to always offer out all twelve of your scholarships, since it
    gives you the most chances to sign many of the players whom you are pursuing.
    Some players do not use all of their scholarships, choosing instead to focus
    a larger number of early percentage points on a smaller number of players.
    This strategy is sound if you don't have a lot of holes to fill on your
    roster, as it is an almost certain way to land those players whom you target;
    however, I can't recommend it as a general policy, since you are needlessly
    reducing your chances of signing more players.
    Regardless of how many players you pursue, make sure to search through the
    entire list of prospects for players who are of specific interest to you.
    Always go through your home state's list of players first, followed by
    neighboring states, then Pipeline States, and then finally from anywhere you
    can find them. Don't be afraid to look for players in far-off parts of the
    country (or Canada) to fill your quota; In-Season recruiting guarantees you at
    least a fair shot at pitching to every one of your targets, so distance should
    never be a disqualifying factor. If you're following my restrictions, make
    sure to look all over to find the most talented players available who fit
    within the parameters.
    With no game-imposed barriers as to who can sign with your school during
    In-Season recruiting, there's no reason not to go all out in search of talent.
    Make sure you've targeted the absolute best players you could possibly want
    before you advance to Week Two of the season.
       06c) Spending Points [bij]
    You are given 100 percentage points to divide up between your twelve (or
    however many) targeted players. The key to spending these is to avoid
    spreading them too thin between your recruits; after all, "If you chase two
    hares, you will catch neither," as the Ukrainian proverb goes.
    Once you reach in Week 2, you will be able to allocate points between your
    targets. Each of those players will have a list of eight interested schools,
    ordered from the one they're most attracted to attending (at the top of the
    list) to the school they would least prefer to attend (at the bottom of the
    list).  Given my experiences, these are the averages I have come up with for
    where your school will be on each player's list (these averages assume that
    you have used all twelve possible scholarships):
      #1-3: 1-2 players
      #4-5: 3-4 players
      #6-8: 4-6 players
    Please be aware that these are only averages from my past experiences, so this
    distribution is not guaranteed to occur every season. Anyway, once you know
    your initial standing on each player's list, you can begin to divide up your
    points between the ones you wish to continue trying to sign. If you're ready
    for another chart, here's how I typically divide up my 100 points:
      1/2 on initial list: 15 points
      3/4/5 on initial list: 10 points
      6 on initial list: 5 points
      7/8 on initial list: 0 points
    Obviously, you will want to put more points towards players who are highly
    interested in attending your school, and so I feel that fifteen is a good
    amount to start out with. Anyone who has your school in slots 3-5 offers you
    plenty of opportunity to move up on their list, and so I think that ten points
    works well as a placeholder for the time being. Finally, anyone who has your
    team lower than spot 5 is more than likely not going to move you up their
    list, without a huge point expenditure (i.e. 25 or more), so unless you're
    highly interested in signing those players, you should only spend minimal (or
    no) points on them.
    In the weeks that follow, players will move your team up and down on their
    lists. Check your progress with each recruit, and respond accordingly to the
    player's reaction to your pursuit. To do this, simply remove points from
    players who have moved you out of reach on their lists, and add those points
    to your another player that has your team higher. Every week, be sure to
    allocate out any points that were returned to your pool from recruits who
    dropped you from their lists entirely. In-Season recruits respond well to
    increases in the amount of points you spend on them, so try to 'bump up' the
    total percentage for each player that interests you every week.
    Finally, make sure to use up all of your points every week. They will never
    carry over from one week to the next, so to not use them all is to waste them.
       06d) In-Season Pitches [bjk]
    Throughout the course of the season, as you pursue your targeted recruits, you
    will casually garner feedback regarding their reaction to each of the six
    pitches. The catch here is that you have no control over which pitches you
    receive a response for, or even if you get any information about them at all.
    This means two things: first, you need to be very alert to each recruit's
    preferences, since what few pointers you do get become terribly crucial, and
    second, that every recruit for whom you find a successful pitch should
    immediately become a primary target.
    The results of whatever pitches you are able to see a reaction for will show
    up on the Pitch Feedback list, which you can view by holding Circle at the
    Prospect Info screen. Whenever you find that one of the prospects has given a
    positive response to a specific pitch, you should immediately increase the
    amount of points you have allocated to that player to 15-20. You will only see
    a positive reaction to a pitch in about 25% of the players you recruit
    In-Season will respond positively to one of your pitches, and so if you do get
    one, it's imperative to try your hardest to bring them into the fold. Usually,
    by increasing the points you've apportioned to that player, you can move your
    school up high enough on his list to gain an Official Visit, which means
    you've won an important victory in the battle to sign them.
    If you happen to receive a negative response to one of your pitches, then you
    may wish to write off that player right then and there. A negative response
    means that your targeted player's correct pitch is one that you cannot use
    effectively for them - say, they prefer the Location pitch, but your school is
    located halfway across the country from their home. If the player is already
    very interested in your school, then you may want to keep chasing them, but
    you are at a distinct disadvantage against other schools that may fit what the
    player is looking for.
    Of course, if the player drops your school on their list even after you've 
    found their preferred pitch, or if they've already had you at the bottom for
    several weeks, there's little likelihood that you'll sign them anyway, so you
    shouldn't waste any points trying to change your fortunes. Situations like
    that are rare, though, so never jump to any conclusions before writing off a
       06e) Official Visits [bkl]
    Official Visits are your greatest weapon during In-Season recruiting, and are
    where the vast majority of your commitments during this recruiting period will
    occur. The formula for them is simple: schedule them during a home game, win,
    and offer the recruit the pitch that they want to hear, and the player is very
    likely to give you a commitment right then and there.
    Once a recruit has narrowed his field of suitors down to three, he will
    schedule an Official Visit to each of the three teams. As soon as you see that
    one of your targets is scheduling visits, make sure that you sign him up to
    come to your campus as soon as possible. You should always schedule any
    Official Visits as soon as possible, because you want to beat the other two
    teams to the punch for each player's services.
    As mentioned in the section above, you will casually receive feedback for
    random pitches for each of your targeted players during the season. These come
    into play once a player's Official Visit rolls around, as you must choose a
    pitch to give to the recruit during their stay on your school's campus.
    If you get the pitch right, it helps tremendously, but it isn't the only part
    of the equation here; after all, the player is also (hopefully) there to see
    your team play a home game, and you will certainly want to impress him with
    their performance.
    Based on my experiences with Official Visits, here are the odds that I have
    calculated for each different scenario that may occur:
      Win Game + Correct Pitch + #1 Team on List: 90% Commit, 10% Soft Verbal
      Win Game + Correct Pitch + #2/3 Team on List: 50% commit, 25% Soft Verbal
      Win Game + Incorrect Pitch + #1 on List: 66% Commit, 34% Soft Verbal
      Win Game + Incorrect Pitch + #2/3 Team on List: 25% commit, 25% Soft Verbal
      Lose Game + Correct Pitch + #1 Team on List: 33% Commit, 50% Soft Verbal
      Lose Game + Correct Pitch + #2/3 Team on List: 0% Commit, 25% Soft Verbal
      Lose Game + Incorrect Pitch + #1 Team on List: 10% Commit, 25% Soft Verbal
      Lose Game + Incorrect Pitch + #2/3 Team on List: 0% Commit, 0% Soft Verbal
    So, from our little chart, it becomes clear that the most important facet of
    the player's visit is to show the player a win by your team. Winning by
    blowout seems to help even more, as does beating a favored opponent or rival,
    but just getting the win is the real key. Obviously, if you can also achieve
    the other two pieces of the 'trifecta of positives,' you are extremely likely
    to land a commitment from your recruit.
    If you have received a negative response to one of your pitches during the
    season, but the player still has scheduled your school for an official visit,
    then be sure not to use the negative pitch during the visit. Any other pitch
    will do for the visit; none of them will be right, but the important thing is
    not to push a negative down on the player while he's there. Since this type of
    situation means that you can only achieve at best two of the three potential
    positives from the chart above, it is not very likely that you will end up
    signing the player - especially if he is being pursued by other schools that
    do meet his requirements for preferred pitch.
    Players who give a Soft Verbal commitment are, in my experience, only 33%
    likely to end up signing with your school in the end. Unfortunately, there is
    little way to tell whether or not a player is going to give a full commitment
    to your school after they give a Soft Verbal, so you will just have to wait
    out their other visits (and hope that their other target schools lose!).
    There is one final note on the Official Visit process. Since getting a win
    during a recruit's Official Visit is so important, it is greatly to your
    benefit to schedule a patsy team for any bye week you may have during weeks
    7-13 of the season. By doing this, you will have an easy team to beat up on
    during a potential visiting weekend from a targeted player, thus giving you a
    discreet advantage over the other schools in pursuit of the recruit. While
    this may not seem very sportsmanlike, it is still technically a realistic
    approach, especially if you have a tough conference schedule surrounding the
    patsy. After all, almost every Division I-A team plays a game against a weak
    team during their season, so why not give yourself the same benefit of the
    07) Offseason-Only Recruiting Strategies [ahi]
    Offseason recruiting is the heart of recruiting in the NCAA Football series,
    and is where you will fill out the majority of the holes on your roster for
    the upcoming season. Here, you are faced with a country full of recruits, but
    only a small percentage of which will even consider attending your school.
    Unlike In-Season recruiting, this period's most difficult challenge is the
    process of identifying those willing players.
    You are given a time window of exactly five weeks to perform your recruiting
    during this phase. Each week, you must offer scholarships to players of your
    choice, and then select both a pitch to persuade them with and a method of
    delivering that pitch. Over the course of the five weeks, you will be tasked
    with finding the correct pitch for each player you pursue, and then using the
    most powerful method of persuasion you can afford based on your recruiting
    budget to convince them to commit to your school.
    The strategies in this section apply only to Offseason recruiting, and should
    only be used during that period.
       07a) Your Team's Budget [blm]
    Before even beginning Offseason recruiting, you must set your school's budget
    for the following season. This event determines how many points you will have
    to work with in the following recruiting period, so the budget you set needs
    to focus on your team's priorities. There are, in my experience, three types
    of situations you will find your team in during each offseason, and I have
    come up with three corresponding budgets that will help your team through
    Situation One is the most common situation. In this state of affairs, your
    team has graduated a fair amount of starters and key players, but a good
    number of these players return as well. Given the split need between filling
    holes and improving your current players through training, it's best to split
    your budget evenly to meet those dual goals. My budget in years like this is
    kept at 40% recruiting, 40% training, 20% discipline.
    Situation Two is one of the two extremes that you can experience. In years
    like this, your team graduates or loses early to the NFL almost all of your
    starters and key contributors, leaving you with a largely inexperienced group
    of returning players. Your needs here are clearly directed towards finding
    replacements for those departed players, and so recruiting should be your top
    priority when you decide your budget. For seasons like this, I set my budget
    at 60% recruiting, 20% training, 20% discipline.
    Situation Three is the complete opposite of Situation Two. With seasons of
    this type, most of your players are returning for the next campaign, including
    nearly all of your starters. Since you're already well-stocked on talent in
    season like this, your budget's focus should definitely be directed towards
    training your current players. In Situation Three years, I use a budget of 20%
    recruiting, 60% training, 20% discipline.
    For all of these potential budgets, please note that the percentage I use for
    discipline, 20%, is for a team that has good overall discipline, with few
    suspensions necessary. If your team has shown discipline problems in the past,
    or is currently on probation, you will likely need to remove points from
    another area to cover an increase in your discipline budget.
       07b) Choosing Your Targets [bmn]
    Unlike In-Season recruiting, the players who might potentially attend your
    school are pre-determined. This means that you will need to put a strong
    effort into finding the best possible signees available if you wish to ensure
    that you're getting the most value for your scholarships. (Wondering why you
    can't just go after whoever you wish? See section 7c, Determining Interest.)
    Once you've narrowed down the field of potential players to only those who you
    have a chance of signing, the same old rules on choosing your targets apply
    here. Make sure that you're always comparing different players who play the
    same position, so you always pick the one that has a better chance of being
    helpful. Also, make sure that you aren't wasting scholarships on too many
    players at one position; it's very easy to mistakenly sign an excess of
    recruits for one spot in the offseason, so always try to distribute your
    offers evenly.
    Since you'll be recruiting more than just 3* and above players in this period,
    it becomes vital to be able to tell which players are better than their
    contemporaries at the same position with the same star ranking. Make sure that
    you're checking position ranking and stats before deciding between two players
    to fill one spot; you'd be surprised how much better a 2* player ranked at #75
    for his position is than one ranked #125.
    Scouting first becomes available for use during the Offseason recruiting
    period, and it is a crucial tool when it comes time to differentiate between
    players. Once you use the 'scout' command on a player, you get to see accurate
    measurements for all his statistics; this becomes *very* important when you
    must choose between otherwise similar players at the same position. Make sure
    that, if you have plenty of extra points to spend, you spend them on scouting;
    it will give you a much greater chance of finding a steal or two amidst the
    chaos. For more information on scouting, see section 7c, Spending Points.
    One final note of consequence during Offseason recruiting is that you should
    never allow a position of need to go unfilled by a recruit. Even a 1* recruit
    is going to be have a better ovr rating than a walk-on, so once you get into
    the last two weeks of Offseason recruiting, make sure that you've at least
    filled every position on your roster where you are below the minimum.
       07c) Determining Interest [bno]
    So, how do you figure out which players are interested in attending your
    school? If you're thinking that it has anything to with that interest bar next
    to the player's name, you're dead wrong; it's actually much simpler than that.
    That bar, while seemingly helpful, has no bearing on whether or not a recruit
    is interested in signing with your team. No, whether or not a player is
    interested in attending your school is, in fact, programmed into the player
    when they are first generated by the game, alongside their other features; no
    matter how full their silly interest bar is, if a recruit did not have that
    attraction generated into them, you will never be able to sign them.
    The process of determining who has that inherent interest is terribly easy,
    once you know what to look for. There are two signs that will indicate that
    any given player has interest, and is capable of signing with your team:
    a) The player has your school in their top five list. This is shown by a green
       circle appearing next to the player's name in the list of prospects.
    b) After week 1 of recruiting has passed, the player's attraction to your
       school has either increased (if you had either scouted the player or
       offered him a scholarship) or decreased (if you had done nothing to the
       player). Changes in attraction are shown by an arrow appearing next to the
       interest bar; a green arrow indicates an increase in attraction, whereas a
       red arrow portrays a decrease in attraction.
    That's it. If a player does not fit within either category A or B, there is no
    chance that they will sign with your school, regardless of how many points you
    attempt to lure them with. Using these two simple criteria, you can quickly
    narrow your field of potential recruits down to only those you have a chance
    of signing. From there, you can easily prioritize between recruits, and come
    up with your weekly budgets.
       07d) Spending Points [bop]
    There are two separate (yet equally valuable) ways to spend points during
    Offseason recruiting: scouting and scholarship offers. How you use the two
    will be the key to your success here, so be sure to understand the benefits of
    each before diving in.
    In order to scout any player (which costs a set number of recruiting points),
    you can press the Select at the Prospect Info screen. When you scout a player,
    you will immediately notice that you get access to accurate measurements of
    that player's ratings. This is the primary function of the Scout feature; for
    a sacrifice of a few points, you get an accurate look at a player's stats.
    That isn't the Scout feature's only use, though. When you scout a player, you
    also trick the game into thinking that you offered that player a scholarship,
    along with the Program Prestige pitch. This hidden benefit - which I believe
    to be a glitch, although the fact that it has remained in the game for several
    years now seems to indicate otherwise - serves as a 'temporary scholarship' of
    sorts, allowing you to keep your interest from a recruit high without actually
    committing a scholarship to that player. This helps immensely in situations
    where you have a few more players that you want to sign than available
    scholarships; by using the Scout function on those players extraneous players,
    you can keep them interested in your school for a couple of extra weeks, in
    case one of your targets commits elsewhere.
    In order to actually gain a commitment from a recruit, you must actually offer
    him a scholarship. You can do this by pressing the X button at the Prospect
    Info screen. Once you've hit X, you must choose a measure of points and a
    pitch from the menu, and then press the start button. You are limited to 25
    total scholarships during Offseason recruiting, and this number is also
    decreased by the number of players you signed during In-Season recruiting, and
    by any incoming transfers you are receiving from other schools.
    GameFAQs user 'cirtap614 at yahoo dot com' has brought to my attention another
    recruiting glitch that I have failed to mention previously. It is possible to
    achieve a result similar to the scout trick (i.e., you can receive pitch
    feedback and maintain an recruit's interest) by offering a scholarship to any
    given prospect, and then removing that scholarship offer before advancing to
    the next week. Now, this is definitely an exploit, and to use it will achieve
    strongly unrealistic results; if, though, you wish to cheat to gain an edge,
    then here is a good opportunity to do so.
    There are two basic rules that you should almost always stick to when it comes
    to actually offering your scholarships out to recruits. These two 'Golden
    Rules' are set in stone for me when I go through offseason recruiting, and
    they always help me maximize the results I get from my expenditures of
    recruiting points. By following these rules, you will never waste points, and
    will always put yourself in a prime position to sign a large number of the
    most talented players available.
    The first rule, and the one that should never be violated, is:
    "Never, ever offer a scholarship to any player that hasn't indicated interest
    in your school."
    This rule is by far the most important point to understand about Offseason
    recruiting, because it will save you tons of recruiting points each year. Once
    you know how to differentiate between interested and uninterested players,
    there is never any reason to waste points on players who you have no chance of
    The second rule, which is subject to a few exceptions, is:
    "Never, ever spend more than a minimal amount of points on any player for whom
    you have not found a pitch that garners interest."
    This is another guaranteed way to cut down on wasted recruiting points each
    week. Using only a small amount of points per player allows you to cycle
    through all of the different pitches at a minimal cost, giving you more points
    to use for other endeavors, such as scouting players or offering other
    So, when should you increase the amount of points allocated to a recruit?
    Simple. Once a recruit has taken a liking to one of your pitches, you should
    raise the amount of points you have distributed to him into one of the higher
    tiers. This should ramp up his interest (if your school has the inherent
    appeal mentioned earlier), thus putting you on course to receive a commitment
    from him. You should only spend the maximum amount allowed in case of a player
    whom you strongly want, since the associated cost is very high; generally, the
    second-highest tier is where I go when I'm increasing the points allotted to a
    While a successful pitch is generally the only reason to increase the points
    you are spending on a player, there are two common exceptions to rule number
    a) A very talented player, who will be difficult to sign, indicates interest
       in your school (through the method covered in section 7c), and you want to
       go all-out in your efforts to sign him.
    b) Your team is neck-and-neck with another school in recruiting a certain
       player, but you haven't yet found a pitch that the player responds
       positively to.
    If you're ever faced with either of these two cases, it is not unreasonable to
    raise the amount of points diverted each week to the targeted player, so long
    as the player continuously moves your team up on his list. These are still
    rare exceptions, though, and should not be used very often, since the chances
    of wasting points when using either is high.
    Lastly, make sure that you're always spending all of your points every week.
    They don't carry over between weeks here either, so there's not reason not to.
       07e) Position Changes [bpq]
    While position changes occur separately from recruiting on the offseason
    calendar, it's important to bring them up now, because they may affect your
    targets during recruiting.
    For those who aren't familiar with position changes, there are several player
    positions that translate well into other positions when changed. You will
    almost never see a player have a higher ovr rating at a different position
    than at the one he was recruited at, but there are several positions switches
    that usually won't decrease a player's ovr rating by very much. If you find
    your team in one of the following situations, you should try out one of these
    position switches, to see if they offer relief:
      1) TE-->FB  -  If you can't sign any 3* or better FBs, but you have an
                     abundance of TEs, you can switch a good blocking TE of 3*
                     or above to FB, and they will usually stay within 2-4 points
                     of their overall rating at TE.
      2) LB-->DE  -  If you can't sign any 3* or better DEs, but you have an
                     abundance of LBs, you can switch a quick, strong LB of 3* or
                     above to DE, and they will usually stay within 2-4 points of
                     their overall rating at LB.
      3) MLB-->OLB - If you can't sign any 3* or better OLBs, but you have an
                     abundance of MLBs, you can switch a fast, strong MLB of 3*
                     or above to OLB, and they will usually stay within 2-4 points
                     of their overall rating at MLB.
      4) LB-->SS  -  If you can't sign any 3* or better SSs, but you have an
                     abundance of LBs, you can switch a very fast LB of 3* or
                     above to SS, and they will usually stay within 2-6 points of
                     their overall rating at LB.
      5) WR-->CB  -  If you can't sign any 3* or better CBs, but you have an
                     abundance of WRs, you can switch a fast WR of 3* or above to
                     CB, and they will sometimes stay within 2-6 points of their
                     overall rating at WR.
    Please note that these changes may not work in reverse. They are also not the
    only position switches that could be beneficial; once you've got your team to
    the position changes screen, try out different players at different positions
    to see if you can get any improvements. For all you know, that 6th-string WR
    may be a great CB, so don't hesitate to try him there!
    *GameFAQs user bd1woody has brought to my attention an interesting glitch that
    occurs with position changes in this year's game. Normally, switching a player
    from their original position to another one results in a hefty decrease to
    that player's statistics, due to a forced penalty given out by the game to
    simulate the difficulty of learning a new position. Bd1woody, however, has
    discovered that in some cases the stat penalty can be negated through what
    seems to be a mistake in the game's programming. Apparently, when switching a
    non-Freshman from LB to DE, the game initially enforces the stats penalty as
    usual, but after the Training event, the player's stats always return to their
    original state! This means that any backup, non-Freshman LBs can be moved to
    DE, and usually see a major increase in their ovr rating, potentially to the
    point where they are even the best DE on your roster!
    Having tested this glitch a bit, I can confirm that it works with all LBs that
    can take part in Training during the same year that they are switched to DE.
    Some further experimentation has shown that it is possible to see this same
    glitch occur in Training during the year _following_ a position switch for any
    Freshmen, when the player being switched is moved between MLB and OLB, or the
    reverse. I have not seen it work in any other circumstances, although I have
    not tested it extensively enough to say absolutely that it won't.
    Now, since this is a glitch, it is easy to abuse, and so I can't recommend
    making use of it often. If you're looking for guidelines on when to use it
    realistically, though, then I would say that you could use this on any tall
    (meaning 6'2" or more), heavy (230 lbs or more), backup LBs that don't figure
    to play much during their careers with your team; to be even more specific,
    you should still only utilize this trick when your team needs the help at DE,
    such as when the switched player will compete for a starting job right away.
    ATHLETES - These players are the great enigmas of recruiting. Each athlete
    that you recruit will need to be assigned a position in the offseason. You can
    assign these players to any position you choose, but their stats will likely
    dictate one or two positions where their ovr rating will be highest. This
    means that when pursuing an ATH, you need to pay close attention to their
    ratings, in order to correctly predict where they will be fit when it comes
    time to assign them a position.
    The Scout feature is crucial to pursuing ATH recruits. Once you've used it and
    have an accurate assessment of their ratings in each statistical area, you can
    compare them side-by-side to players at each position, to see if they are
    likely to end up playing there. For example, if you're pursuing a 6'1", 190 lb
    ATH, you will want to compare their speed, strength, and hands to those of
    recruits at HB, WR, CB, SS, and FS. If the ATH's attributes are roughly equal
    to those of other recruits at one of those positions, you can bet that they'll
    end up with their highest possible ovr rating when assigned to that position.
    Doing this with each ATH you pursue allows you to weed out players who will
    likely end up at positions where you do not need help, while giving you the
    capability to find players who may end up at a position where you are looking
    for recruits.
    One key thing to look out for when doing your comparisons is the information
    included on the recruit's stat page. If the stats show a position-specific
    attribute, then that player is much more likely to be have their highest ovr
    rating be at that position. This occurs most often with ATHs who will end up
    at QB or K.
    On a side note, every ATH's star rating seems to have little correlation to
    how good their ovr rating will be when you assign them a position. In fact, it
    is entirely possible that a 1* ATH who you signed as an afterthought may end
    up with a higher ovr than all of your other signees! Obviously, there is no
    100% dependable method of predicting when this will happen, so it depends on
    luck as much as your scouting abilities.
    As a result of this quirk, my rule for is to always pursue any ATH (not just
    4* or 5* ones) whenever I can spare a scholarship, so long as they appear to
    be capable of playing a position that I'm recruiting at anyway. In the end,
    even if you end up with a dud once in a while, there's very little downside to
    pursuing these players.
    08) Week-by-Week Breakdown [aij]
    This section goes through a full year of Dynasty mode, giving week-by-week
    tips and advice. It assumes that you are already familiar with the strategies
    in section 05, General Recruiting Strategies (search [afg]).
       08a) In-Season Recruiting [bqr]
    -- First and foremost, go to Coach Options-->Coach Strategy, and switch
    'Recruiting Assistance' to off. Once you turn it off, it will remain off
    permanently - trust me when I say that this is a very good thing.
    -- Now, your first order of business is targeting players for recruitment. You
    can choose twelve players, and since you likely won't sign all of them, you
    had better choose well. So, who do you choose? See section 06b, Choosing Your
    Targets (search [bhi]) for more in-depth information.
    -- If you're planning to schedule a weakling team for any open week you have
    between Weeks 7-13, now is the time to do so. Should you choose to do this, it
    will help you quite a bit when it comes time for Official Visits. See section
    06e, Official Visits (search [bkl]) for more in-depth information.
    WEEK 2:
    -- You've made contact with your recruits, and have their initial list of
    eight schools. Now's the time for you to divide up your 100 percentage points
    between them for the first time, and then go out and play some good football
    to impress them. See section 06c, Spending Points (search [bij]) for more in-
    depth information.
    WEEKS 3-7:
    -- These weeks should be spent redistributing any points that are returned to
    your pool from players that drop you off their lists. Be sure to increase
    points on any player for whom you find a pitch that works. See section 06c,
    Spending Points (search [bij]) for more in-depth information.
    WEEKS 8-13:
    -- Most official visits take place during this time, so keep an eye out for
    any player who trims his list down to three teams. Make sure you schedule
    visits as soon as possible, and try to make sure you get the pitch right when
    they come to town. See section 06e, Official Visits (search [bkl]) for more
    in-depth information.
    WEEKS 14-15:
    -- Any player who hasn't taken their Official Visits yet will do so during
    these last two weeks, so be sure to put lots of points into whoever you are
    still pursuing. See sections 06c, Spending Points (search [bij]) and 06e,
    Official Visits (search [bkl]) for more in-depth information.
    -- All players who haven't yet committed to a team will do so by the end of
    this week. Hopefully, you've grabbed yourself a few talented players, so
    you'll have a good head start on Offseason recruiting.
       08b) Offseason Recruiting [brs]
    -- When setting your budget, be sure to divide your points up in a manner that
    adequately covers all of your team's need. This may mean putting more points
    into your recruiting budget if you have a lot of holes to fill, or putting
    more points into training if you return most of your key players. See section
    07a, Your Team's Budget (search [blm]) for more in-depth information.
    WEEK 1:
    -- This week, you should focus on two things: offering minimal-point
    scholarships to any players on the Interested Prospects list whom you wish to
    sign, and spending the rest of your recruiting points for the week on
    scouting. Make sure to scout any player in the Top 100 overall prospects list
    whose interest bar is partially filled (but doesn't have you on their top five
    list), and any talented players in your home state in the same situation. See
    sections 07b, Choosing Your Targets (search [bmn]), 07c, Determining Interest
    (search [bno]), and 07d, Spending Points (search [bop]) for more in-depth
    WEEK 2:
    -- Your attention now should be concentrated on using more expensive methods
    of pitching for any players who liked your pitch from last week, as well as
    searching for players who are interested in your school to fill out the rest
    of your scholarships. Remember to look for players whose interest has
    increased or decreased from the past week, and not to waste points on any
    player who doesn't have you on their list and hasn't gained or lost attraction
    to your school. Also, if you run out of scholarships, remember to use the
    Scout trick to gain a few extra players' attention. See sections 07b, Choosing
    Your Targets (search [bmn]), 07c, Determining Interest (search [bno]), and
    07d, Spending Points (search [bop]) for more in-depth information.
    WEEK 3:
    -- Keep upping the ante on the scholarship offers to anyone who has liked a
    pitch of yours. If you lose a player, immediately offer his scholarship to
    another player, unless you're comfortable with the remaining players on your
    recruiting list. See sections 07b, Choosing Your Targets (search [bmn]), 07c,
    Determining Interest (search [bno]), and 07d, Spending Points (search [bop])
    for more in-depth information.
    WEEK 4:
    -- You're getting towards the end of recruiting, so this week you should be
    sure to offer a scholarship to any player whom you wish to sign. If some of
    your targeted players seem like they won't sign with you at this point, it may
    be best to cut your losses, and try to grab another player with that
    scholarship instead. Make sure you've got at least every position of need
    filled, and that any especially talented players that you're recruiting who
    are still unsigned are being enticed with the most expensive recruiting push
    you can afford. See sections 07b, Choosing Your Targets (search [bmn]), 07c,
    Determining Interest (search [bno]), and 07d, Spending Points (search [bop])
    for more in-depth information.
    WEEK 5:
    -- This is your last week of recruiting for this season, so don't hold back
    back with the points anymore. For any players that you want badly, go ahead
    and spend as many points as you can on them, although do so reasonably if
    you're still pursuing other players as well. If you're going to offer any
    players a scholarship for the first time during this week, the only real shot
    you have at signing them is if they already have you at #1 on their list, so
    offer accordingly. Try to ensure that any positions of need are filled in this
    week if they haven't been already, since a walk-on will definitely be a worse
    player than any recruit you can get here. See sections 07b, Choosing Your
    Targets (search [bmn]), 07c, Determining Interest (search [bno]), and 07d,
    Spending Points (search [bop]) for more in-depth information.
    -- Assign any ATH players you signed to a position, making sure to try them at
    each spot to see which one best suits them; don't be afraid to put them at a
    spot other than their best, though, if they'll help you more somewhere else.
    Be sure to also check if any players who are buried on your depth chart can
    help out at a different position. See section 07e, Position Changes (search
    [bpq]) for more in-depth information.
    09) Differences Between the PlayStation 2/XBox & XBox 360 Versions [ajk]
    Since the first release of this any guide, many XBox 360 users have contacted
    me to let me know that Dynasty mode in their version of the game is different
    from that of the PlayStation 2 and XBox versions. To avoid any further
    confusion regarding these differences, I'm adding this section to detail the
    divergent areas of the two titles, as they pertain to recruiting.
    Dynasty Mode on the XBox 360 does not include three features that are part of
    the game on the other systems: team budgets, the Spring Game, and player
    discipline. The Spring Game was a translation of a new Scrimmage mode from the
    other versions, so it's not surprising that it isn't included on 360; however,
    the other two features have been part of the Dynasty Mode for years, so their
    omission is a curious one. Regardless, XBox 360 users can ignore the section
    Your Team's Budget, as you will not need to deal with that particular facet in
    your Dynasties.
    Seeing how the budget feature determined (among other things) how many points
    were available during Offseason recruiting, the XBox 360 version of the game
    now issues each team a static number of recruiting points to use during each
    week. That number (208 according to my 360-owning sources) is a much higher
    amount of points than I am accustomed to working with in Week 1, so some of my
    strategies can be applied in a more relaxed manner. You can feel free to spend
    more points than the minimum during week one on any players you're strongly
    interested in signing, although I still wouldn't do this very often. Any extra
    points you have would be best spent on Scouting.
    One final, personal note about the XBox 360 version of the game from me: when
    I found out that it included fewer features overall than the current-gen
    editions, I (an XBox 360 owner) decided to stick with the PS2 version for
    2006. The increased focus on graphics for the 360 edition seemingly left
    Tiburon with little time to translate many of the features of the current-gen
    title for 360 users, and I think that for $10 less, those current-gen copies
    are a better buy. I do, however, like the graphics on the 360 title quite a
    bit - especially the panoramic game intros. Hopefully, NCAA Football 08 will
    see a lot more of the existing features finally added.
    10) Frequently Asked Questions [akl]
    1. Who the heck are you, and why did you write this FAQ?
    -- I am a lifelong gamer, a fan of the Madden and NCAA Football series, and an
    exceedingly talented writer. My first FAQ submission to GameFAQs was a guide
    for recruiting in NCAA Football 06, and since its release I have received a
    significant number of emails thanking me for my work on it. So, based on the
    reception I got last year, I decided to write a follow-up for this year's
    version. I must admit, it was rather easy, since almost nothing has changed
    between the two.
    You may see me posting in the PlayStation 2 NCAA Football 07 forums,
    discussing whatever topics pique my interest, or around the forums of whatever
    other game I may be playing at the time. In the meantime, you can view my
    other GameFAQs contributions here:
    As always, I appreciate any constructive criticism that you readers can offer
    me. My contact information is in section 2, so feel free to drop me a line -
    I'm fairly good at responding in a timely fashion, especially if you extend
    the courtesy of using proper grammar and spelling in your emails.
    2. Where can I get the names for the players for my rosters?
    -- This has nothing to do with the content of this guide, but it's still the
    most frequently asked question about this game, so I'll include it here
    anyway. There are several ways you can get the actual player names for your
    roster file:
      a) PSXSports.com, fkrosters.com, maddenmania.com, and likely several other
         sites offer complete I-A and I-AA roster files for either download,
         receipt by mail, or purchase on a new memory card. I use DT's rosters
         from PSXSports.com, and I feel that they are the best available.
      b) A search for 'NCAA Football Roster' on eBay will net you many different
         sellers who will perform much the same service that you can get from
         DT's website, although you must bid to receive them.
      c) You can, if you have the time and the patience, manually input the names
         by checking every team's official roster on their athletics website. A
         Google search should bring you to each team's page.
    Asking this question on the NCAA Football boards will likely introduce you to
    the drama that surrounds the roster files each year, so you're much better off
    looking elsewhere for information on how to get them. Now, don't say I haven't
    warned you.
    3. Player XYZ has his interest bar 90% full, but no matter how hard I recruit
    him, he won't sign! Please help me!
    -- Don't pursue him. He's not going to sign with you, because the game created
    him without any interest in signing with your team - despite what that stupid
    bar shows.
    4. How do you know? What makes you so darn sure?
    -- Hours and hours and hours of my life spent recruiting in this game.
    If you don't believe me, I am always open to submissions - but you had better
    offer some form of proof, or at least an explanation why you don't agree. I
    really hate getting emails that consist of little more than someone calling me
    5. What changes have been made to recruiting between NCAA Football 06 and NCAA
    Football 07?
    -- I was actually planning on adding a whole section dedicated to this very
    question, but upon playing the game I saw that there was really no need to.
    Quite honestly, I simply cannot say that I have found any changes at all in
    this year's version of the game from last year's, save for the fact that
    Tiburon patched up a couple of minor glitches (7" LBs, anyone?). In 15+
    seasons of Dynasty with this year's edition, every single aspect of recruiting
    has played out exactly as it did in last year's game, or it at least has
    seemed to in my eyes. Yes, I know they added the Spring Game to Dynasty mode,
    but it has no effect or recruiting, unless you count being able to
    occasionally see one or two of your new recruits in game action before they're
    actually on your roster as an effect.
    Honestly, if anyone can find any differences in recruiting in the 07 version,
    I would be happy to hear about them.
    6. Why should I restrict my In-Season recruiting? I like getting lots of 5*
    -- I believe that following my restrictions offers a take on recruiting that
    is closer to reality than not doing so. If you don't care about achieving
    recruiting results that are lifelike, or just don't want to follow my
    restrictions, feel free not to. My strategies should still help you,
    7. How do you raise your school's Academic Prestige rating?
    -- There is no guaranteed method to raising or maintaining your school's
    Academic Prestige rating; there are, however, certain things you can do to
    ensure that your school is always in a good position to do so.
    The most established way to help out your academic rating is to recruit only
    players with above-average discipline and high GPAs. This should ensure that
    you rarely have to mete out any academic suspensions when you play through the
    season, in addition to filling your team with academic-minded players who are
    more likely to achieve higher grades. It has also been suggested that kicking
    academic troublemakers off of your team (by cutting them during the offseason)
    will have the same results; again, this makes sense, since it will definitely
    prevent some discipline problems during the season, but this theory is
    unproven, and in some cases unrealistic.
    These methods aren't by any means guaranteed to work. Personally, I've never
    seen or heard of anyone who has had their Academic Prestige increase by more
    than one star during a dynasty, and even a one star gain is notably rare. My
    best advice is to always choose players with higher discipline and awareness
    during recruiting.
    8. How about Program/Coach Prestige? How do I raise that?
    Have a good season. Seriously, there aren't any specific things to do, other
    than having a winning season and winning a bowl game. Meeting all of the goals
    set out for you under Report Card (Coach Options-->Report Card) is also very
    likely to net you another star. Just keep winning, and your two Prestige
    ratings will shoot up in no time.
    9. Do you have any stat conversions? Will you make some for us?
    -- Yes, I finally do. GameFAQs user t-dogg74 was kind enough to submit a full
    chart of stat conversions, which I am including here. I still don't feel that
    such a tool in necessary during recruiting, since you're likely to figure out
    the basic correlations fairly quickly as you grow accustomed to the game;
    regardless, this should satisfy all of you stat junkies who have been
    pestering me for a conversion chart.
    One note about this information: I haven't fact-checked any of these numbers,
    and I don't plan to. What you see here is entirely t-dogg74's work, with my
    contribution limited only to formatting the data to fit neatly here. Just by
    eyeballing the numbers, they seem to be roughly correct, but don't email me to
    complain if they're not all exactly right.
    Here it is, organized in a somewhat logical fashion:
     40 Time - Spd / Vertical - Jmp / Bench - Str / Squat - Tkl/Rn Blk/Brk Tkl
        4.16 - 99  /    43.7" - 99  /   545 - 99  /   ??? - 99
        4.18 - 98  /    43.4" - 98  /   535 - 98  /   ??? - 98
        4.20 - 97  /    43.1" - 97  /   530 - 97  /   ??? - 97
        4.22 - 96  /    42.9" - 96  /   525 - 96  /   ??? - 96
        4.24 - 95  /    42.5" - 95  /   520 - 95  /   ??? - 95
        4.26 - 94  /    42.1" - 94  /   515 - 94  /   ??? - 94
        4.29 - 93  /    41.9" - 93  /   505 - 93  /   730 - 93
        4.31 - 92  /    41.6" - 92  /   500 - 92  /   720 - 92
        4.33 - 91  /    41.3" - 91  /   495 - 91  /   715 - 91
        4.35 - 90  /    41.0" - 90  /   490 - 90  /   705 - 90
        4.37 - 89  /    40.7" - 89  /   485 - 89  /   695 - 89
        4.39 - 88  /    40.4" - 88  /   480 - 88  /   690 - 88
        4.41 - 87  /    40.1" - 87  /   470 - 87  /   680 - 87
        4.43 - 86  /    39.8" - 86  /   465 - 86  /   670 - 86
        4.46 - 85  /    39.5" - 85  /   460 - 85  /   665 - 85
        4.48 - 84  /    39.2" - 84  /   455 - 84  /   655 - 84
        4.52 - 82  /    38.6" - 82  /   440 - 82  /   640 - 82
        4.56 - 80  /    38.1" - 80  /   430 - 80  /   620 - 80
        4.60 - 78  /    37.5" - 78  /   420 - 78  /   605 - 78
        4.65 - 76  /    36.9" - 76  /   405 - 76  /   585 - 76
        4.69 - 74  /    36.3" - 74  /   395 - 74  /   570 - 74
        4.73 - 72  /    35.7" - 72  /   380 - 72  /   555 - 72
        4.78 - 70  /    35.1" - 70  /   370 - 70  /   535 - 70
        4.82 - 68  /    34.5" - 68  /   360 - 68  /   520 - 68
        4.88 - 65  /    33.6" - 65  /   340 - 65  /   495 - 65
        4.95 - 62  /    32.7" - 62  /   325 - 62  /   470 - 62
        5.01 - 59  /    31.8" - 59  /   305 - 59  /   445 - 59
        5.07 - 56  /    30.9" - 56  /   285 - 56  /   415 - 56
        5.16 - 52  /    29.7" - 52  /   265 - 52  /   385 - 52
        5.24 - 48  /    28.6" - 48  /   240 - 48  /   350 - 48
        5.33 - 44  /    27.4" - 44  /   215 - 44  /   315 - 44
        5.41 - 40  /    26.2" - 40  /   190 - 40  /   280 - 40
    10. How do I convince transfers/underclassmen to stay with my team?
    -- Unfortunately, only luck will help you convince your underclassmen and
    transfers to stay in school once you're at the 'Players Leaving' event during
    the offseason. Once an player is determined by the game to be listed on the
    Players Leaving list, they are assigned a final decision, as well as a set of
    parameters for determining when their final decision will be shown. There is
    no way to change these, and there really aren't any ways to effectively
    predict what any given player's answer will be, despite the presence of that
    useless staying/leaving bar. To put it simply, once you get to the Players
    Leaving stage of the offseason, it's just a matter of going through the
    motions to see which players will stay.
    There's been some confusion over this, so I'll include an example for
    illustrative purposes. Let's say player X wants to turn pro with one year of
    eligibility remaining. Once the game determines that he will be included on
    the Players Leaving list, it assigns him some parameters (for this example,
    let's say that he will need to be convinced three times), and it assigns him a
    final decision (again, let's say that he will turn pro). You decide that you
    want X back, so you use the Talk Player Into Staying command to try and
    convince him to stay in school. His parameters state that after three tries of
    being convinced, his final decision - in this case, to turn pro - will be
    revealed, and so you can no longer try to convince him. Each player will have
    his own set of parameters, and there is no way of knowing what they will be.
    Now, I have a problem with the way the game determines players who leave
    early for the NFL. The game simply has anyone who produced good stats during
    the previous season try to turn pro; in spite of this, any pro personnel man
    worth his paycheck will tell you that college productivity is in no way a
    reliable indicator of pro potential. The end result of this difference is that
    a large percentage of the players who leave early in NCAA Football have no
    chance of making it into the Draft Class file that can be exported into
    Madden, effectively ending their careers early for no good reason. Therefore,
    I usually take my own measures to counteract this ridiculous logic.
    I save my Dynasty right after the National Championship game, but before
    advancing to the offseason. I'll progress until the Players Leaving event, and
    if there are a high number of underclassmen leaving school early (from all
    schools, not just mine) who will not make the cut into the Draft Class, I 
    reset my PS2, and go through the process again. This tactic may seem
    unrealistic to some, but I feel that it is the only way to effectively
    negate the lazy programming on Tiburon's part, and thus the best way to ensure
    more realistic Draft Classes in Madden. So, in essence, I'm using an
    unrealistic tactic to counteract unrealistic results.
    For the record, the top 12-15 players by overall rating at each position are
    the only ones who will make it into each Draft Class; anyone below there fits
    my description of a player who should have stayed in school.
    11) Thanks/Legal Info [alm]
    Thanks go out to the following, in no particular order:
    Tiburon/EA Sports, GameFAQs, DT at PSXSports.com, Sony, all the regulars on
    the NCAA Football 07 message boards, everyone who has written in with
    suggestions or information, and the UConn Huskies, for getting good at just
    the right time to make me into a college football fan.
    Thanks also go out to the following people, for submitting information that
    led to revisions in this guide:
    bdog_4860 at hotmail dot com - For reminding me to note that points do not
                                   carry over between weeks.
    Greg Lynch - For reminding me to include a FAQ on how to improve Program
    Aaron Shaw - For submitting some info on the XBox 360 version.
    'Chris' - For reminding me to include a section on negative responses to
              pitches during In-Season recruiting.
    This FAQ may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site other than GameFAQs, or
    otherwise distributed publicly, without advance written permission from the
    author. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public
    display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
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    Copyright 2006 David Bernardo