"So now you will want to space out when your quarterbacks visit, as bringing in two or more will cause a 'competitive' visit and will lower the number of points that can be awarded for the visit," Haumiller said. "'Complementary' visits occur when you bring in, say, a quarterback, a wide receiver and an offensive lineman in the same week. By helping to give them a feel for who their teammates might be at the positions that are crucial for their success, each of those prospects will receive a boost to the number of points they can earn in a visit."
Who visits wasn't the sole concern voiced by WVU's football staff members. They explained the value of timing and why it's important to play host to a prospect as late as possible. Early visits are often forgotten or masked by later visits to other schools. Late visits create a lasting impression.
EA Sports decided it was important to reward a school for being the last place a prospect visited.
"You will receive an additional bonus if you are the last of the prospect's five official visits," Haumiller said. "The fourth visit will have a smaller bonus, the third visit smaller, and so on. So you have to weigh the strategy of scheduling late in the year to get that bonus and risk having the prospect commit elsewhere before the visit happens or do the visit as early as possible if you don't think you will make it to the end of the season before the prospect makes his decision."
Haumiller said WVU's impact might not be solely limited to this season and that EA Sports is still figuring out how to address other suggestions in future versions of the game. Hammond and Dorchester explained many other variables: how the success of a season and coaching changes can affect a prospect's decision, that academics and eligibility are a major factor the game doesn't touch and how junior college players have a place because they're more physically ready to play than most freshmen.
While those changes may be reserved for the future, EA Sports will acknowledge WVU's assistance within the new game.
"I think it shows that what we do in recruiting is interesting and relevant to people who bring the world of recruiting to a mainstream use," Hammond said.
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