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Sounds like your voices were heard, gang..
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
247 sports seems intent on striving for customer satisfation through top-notch customer service and listening to those who are passionate about their teams. Thanks guys, your site management style is very impressive.
Good Job Fellas.. If you don't want the link.. This post is from Lucky (The top dog on 247).. Our voices were heard.
We took your feedback and notes from the various 247Sports team message boards and redesigned the Team Site Commit List and the 247Sports Team Ranking product.
There's was overwhelming feedback from users that wanted to also see the 247Sports rankings on the Commit List and Team Ranking. We took that feedback and added the 247Sports ranking to both.
We also gave you the ability to compare the 247Sports Team Ranking with the 247Composite Team Ranking (see image), which should be the best of both worlds.
We also took your feedback and completely redesigned the Commit List product. There's now tons of comparative information on the Commit List including start rating, rating, national rank, position rank and state rank. This new resource will give you a one-stop look at all the ranking information for your respective team's commitments.
Our tech team is set to push this release around Midnight tonight.
Again, thank you so much for your help. Your feedback is a crucial step in us getting it right, or as close to right as we can. We will continue to lean on you guys for your thoughts and recommendations as we continue to build out the network.
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
Is this the same Lucky that was the Bama homer as a member of Rivals management?
Yes this is the same Lucky, but I have never been a Bama "homer." I am the publisher of the Alabama site but I haven't reported in well more than a decade. I was the CEO and founder of Rivals.com and the CEO of 247Sports. I can assure you that I work my butt off for this site and its fanbase with the same passion as Alabama or any other school/fanbase.
Also, it is important to note that almost everyone associated with 247Sports is assigned to a team site. No reason to hide that fact.
I am the same homer that went and hired two superstars in the LSU market to run and manage this site in Sonny and Shea and the same homer that just hired another LA expert in Brian Perroni ;-) Just kidding.
Bottom line is that we value your support of our network and we've done our best to hire the top talent in the industry to make sure this network is as comprehensive, impartial and unbiased as possible. We've also added products like the 247Composite to the mix.
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Lucky is a good dude.. He's done a great job on this site and if he was a little bias on Rivals.. He really hasn't been on 247.... Unfortunately, a bunch of people share your thoughts because he runs the Bama site but there's so many analysts on here that it would be hard to sway the rankings one way with so many people on it.
One more quick note. I am a huge believer that the state of LA gets seriously overlooked by the various recruiting experts and networks. And that shouldn't be the case. The state's talent speaks for itself with NFL rosters littered with LA kids. Going forward I can assure you that will not be the case. LA is getting full attention from us with Shea, Sonny, Gerry H and now Brian Perroni. I think we have the team to get this right.
I'm not much of a poster, but just wanted to say thanks Lucky! I am happy and excited to be a 247 member. I see good things happening here.
Well.......given historical bias against certain schools/fan bases.......within Rivals circles....
and the favorable bias towards others.......
Hopefully you can understand the reluctance of some fan bases to accept what you say at face value.
I will say this.....the people you have covering LSU here......are fair and forthcoming. And not afraid to drop a turd in our own punchbowl of objectivity if so warranted.
The proof will be in the pudding of fair and objective recruiting coverage over time at 247sports.
In the mean time......good luck with continued success with 247 for all schools.....and I wholeheartedly support the attempts to make this community the best on the web for college football fans of ALL schools.
Geaux Tigers !!!
I think our group of guys covering the state of Louisiana, LSU and the state, is a stand alone group.
Sonny is awesome in his home state. Brian Perroni and Barton Simmons both spend time in the NFL's top per capita state, and I get to one LSU camp a year and have loved my time going to schools in the state over the years.
I'm very excited about what we have going in Louisiana, and look forward to watching this community continue to grow.
Thanks to all of you guys for giving 247Sports a shot, and the future looks like a hell of a lot of fun - especially the borderline special class of 2014.
National Director of Scouting & Recruiting Analyst
Thanks Lucky really like the direction this site is headed . Yall have really raised the bar here !!!
I think this is the most important aspect that should be noted. 24/7 is trend setting in the recruiting industry and with the way the support system works here, it really looks like that will be the case for a long time.
I just wanted to say thanks for creating this awesome site! Also, thanks for listening to all of our concerns, and actually addressing them by making a change. It is very much appreciated! You have provided us top notch customer service with an amazing staff in place, and that's something you won't find on any other site. Your site continues to impress me everyday.
As many can attest, I've been super critical of you. But with the actions of 247 and the information Sonny has given me about you, I honestly believe you put the kids and the facts, above any love you have for Bama (let's be honest, you love Bama). But, you've shown you love this industry just as much.
Personally, I have finally found a website that makes me believe that I don't need to be a member of multiple sites to be completely informed.
“There is no off switch on a tiger”
I appreciate those remarks. I love this business and work hard to do every school right. Sometimes I am handcuffed by the talent, or lack thereof, I can hire in a specific market.
I really do not think LSU fans will have any issues with 247Sports going forward because I was able to land two superstars like Sonny and Shea and have been able to support them with guys like Gerry, Barton and now Brian.
Unlike my time at Rivals, I am committed to making myself more accessible in all of the communities. I'll be as transparent as needed to be.
Thanks again for your support of this site. We are working hard for you guys.
Just continue that position and 247sports will be far above the other sites. Thanks for the support.
Actually, just sent a note out to all of our experts reminding them to be board accessible. Don't want to repeat the mistakes of my past.
Btw ... I ask that the LSU family give us some time before judging us. We absolutely get it that LA is a key state. I just want to reiterate that we have already attacked that issue by bring in a great staff for coverage. Even though Sonny and Shea are not national analysts, their feedback will be critical and very important in the evaluation process with Gerry, Barton, JC and Brian.
We get it. LSU has tremendous talent on their roster, and much of it comes within state borders. We have a charge to get this state right and do it quickly. I appreciate your patience.
Shannon I want to personally thank you for not only creating this site but for hiring the very best in the business when it comes to LSU. What you have done with 24/7 in this short time is nothing less than amazing, and I don't care if your a bamma fan or not LOL. I look forward to our great state being covered now the way it should have been covered all along. Once again thanks and good luck with growing this great product that you have created.
I appreciate your support. I am very pleased with where we are in just two years (2 yr anvsry is 8/16). I can't imagine what this will look like 2 years from now. The biz model, talent and the culture is setup to build a great service product for college and sports fans. Next year will be critical in our development, but I think we are all up for the challenge.
I learned a lot from my experience with Rivals -- think we all did. Hopefully, we will get it right this time around. I do know this, know one is going to our work our team and that I promise.
Well you have the best possible LSU team. If they support you, so will I
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