College papers blog recruiting

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How’s your school doing on the recruiting front this fine National Signing Day (otherwise called Christmas by football coaches and Rivals.com)? Several colleges are blogging news through the day. Few news items attract more readers than recruiting. A few years ago, a sports editor for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution said a single sentence on someone signing with, say, Georgia Tech, could generate more than 10,000 hits within an hour. So post the news as you get it. Then, compile these items into a nice overall package for tomorrow’s print editions. No print tomorrow? Then, file your roundup story online.

You may also want to learn how vulnerable high school athletes are during this whole process. Nebraska rescinded an offer to a top linebacker prospect, leaving this kid scrambling to find another school on a day when most scholarships are already spent. Recruits should never limit themselves to one single school until the moment they sign. The Daily Nebraskan also offers a podcasted interview with ESPN’s Bruce Feldman.

The Daily Oklahoman has an impressive NSD package, offering a Google Map to chart recruits’ home towns and several YouTube highlight videos of players.

The College Heights Herald, a Tuesday-Thursday publication, has been blogging most of the day on Western Kentucky recruits, posting four times. The sports editors will insert much of this news in tomorrow’s print edition, sending supplemental information to the newspaper’s Web site.

Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times did a fine job previewing the Hokies’ options today, posting five stories. The Miami Hurricane, meanwhile, evaluated recruits position by position on its sports blog.

Louisiana State’s The Reveille may be doing the most impressive job of all. Tyler Harvey and Michael Lambert have been posting since 9:03 a.m., using software called ‘Cover It Live.’ They have cited recruits who have signed, those who are waiting, and those who have signed elsewhere. Here’s an example: LSU cornerback commit Janzen Jackson will not sign his letter of intent today. He plans on signing tomorrow morning. The decision was delayed so his mother, who lives in California, can attend the signing.” These two have also followed reports at newspaper Web sites and cited updates on ESPNU. In addition, they continue to update readers on the number of players signed every hour or so. Great stuff. This is what fans want through the day. (Although it begs the question: Why aren’t these two enterprising reporters in class?)

Here are a few other newspapers either posting or blogging on NSD today:

Daily Illini, Daily Texan, Duke Chronicle, Michigan Daily. I will update this list through the day.

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