but I'm pretty sure your password is: GR@Y$KULL
he grew a beard
but I'm pretty sure your password is: GR@Y$KULL
Malik actually responded back to me just now and said that he is in fact getting tired of the entire recruiting process. He said it's just constant from reporters and coaches both.
I then asked him if he'd like me to stop contacting him then and he said, "Nah man, your good." I hope you guys can rest easy now.
Thanks for the update!
Now here's an annoying but I think useful tidbit from a qualitative researcher - its ok to correct little mistakes that your subjects make in grammar (such as changing "your" to "your're"). Doing so does no violence to the statement, and only does right by your subject.
He should have responded back to Malik 'you're*'
He's going to Michigan!!!
Here is a friendly suggestion: posting the whole thing ran the risk of people perceiving McDowell as rude - which wasn't your intent, I realize. Just saying "I haven't heard much from him, and you guys know what I think when that happens" would have accomplished the same thing as posting the conversation but not opened McDowell up to criticism. I think you don't want to run the risk of ever making a guy look bad even when it's not your intent. People take thus stuff way too seriously - see all the negativity that went Hand's way after he committed. Better to open guys up to that as little as possible.
I think saying "I haven't heard much from him" gets the point across without setting up for the negative reaction and is likely the better way to go in the future.
I say this with no real feel for how to talk recruiting with other players (that's something I've been very clear that I haven't personally wanted to do as far as blogging), but I think the thing you have to weigh is what kind of light and what the reaction might be for both the recruit and yourself.
In this case, short answers, understand that people are going to try to interpret that and it's unlikely that they'll interpret it in a good way, so you're not giving a lot of upside for the recruit. Just as importantly for you, when he doesn't answer back and is giving short answers, posting the actual transcript gives you very little upside from a group of people that haven't done this sort of thing, so you're generally putting yourself in a negative light as well.
I'm not saying this to be mean, I just think that's something that needs to be a considered a bit more here, as with this conversation, there really is little room that people will lean towards the good side of things with the recruit or with you personally rather than to the negative side of things. And that's why I think the example that someone else posted is likely the better way to go for everyone involved.
If you're going to make this theory central to your analysis maybe you should lead with that question... just a constructive suggestion.
Cha ching!!!!! that mcdowell said that, may be quite revealing.
Keep doing what you are doing. Haters gonna hate. There will always be someone on this site that will critique an OP, that is just the nature of the site. Do what you believe is right and don't worry about others. Some people read things just looking for holes to poke. You can poke a hole in virtually anything posted on this site if you try hard enough. I have never in my life heard of a recruit saying..I didn't pick Michigan, because I didn't like the guys who covered recruiting on their behalf. Until such time as I do, I will not nitpick your posts.
Preemptive Strike: Someone will post a reply to my comment telling me that I am making dangerous assumptions and that even if no one has said they disimissed a school from their list because of the people who cover recruiting, doesn't mean it hasn't happened.
You need to remember that the many are interested in the mindset of our recruits. Unfortunately a few would rather nitpick you to death. I am sure Ace, Heiko and TomVH had growing pains when they started out. Keep your head high and keep up the good work.
By posting the exchange verbatim you are telling recruits there is absolutely no confidentiality in any communication. They will be (or should be) 100% cautious about anything they say or text to you. That is no way to build any kind of rapport with a recruit. Next thing you know, you're going to be reporting on the recruits tone of voice when you talked to them. You should at least get explicit permission to post a verbatim conversation with them before posting.
I know we all beg and plead for information on here, but no report might be your best move sometimes. Both for your career and for MGoBlog.
This is something that I don't expect you guys to know but I talk with these recruits about all of this stuff. We communicate "off the record" sometimes. Sometimes they tell me not to post something just yet or at all. Sometimes I ask them if I should post something or not. Sometimes I let them know, "Be careful how you answer this, but a lot of people are curious, blah blah blah." This is something I've had a lot of success with. Recruits talk to me and trust me with a lot of information. Do you really think that would be happening if I was unprofessional, untrustworthy, or dishonest?
Like I've said a lot of times before, Brian hired me for a reason after meeting me in person and getting to know me a little bit. I'm not a bad dude. I love football and recruiting and I have a passion for working with kids which is why I'm a teacher and a coach. I'm just trying to relay the facts and as much information as I can find for a fanbase that wants information all of the time.
I, for one, am not worried that you are a bad dude. But I do worry about what a bad dude might be prompted to do with information from a recruit.
It's good to know you've communicated all this to them and they can know what to expect will be said. Thanks man!
I think my main critique, and this is from seeing BBrown's other posts over the past few months, is that the paid/official staff on MGoBlog do a really good job of trying to be professional about balancing the tone of a fan post as opposed to an official capacity news-oriented post. There's a certain professionalism that came with TomVH's approach, as well as how Ace, Seth, and Brian handle their work for the blog, that BBrown's posts simply don't have. Just look through this thread.
If you're going to be the recruiting point man, texting recruits and trying to get inside information for the highest profile Michigan blog, you can't write your posts the way BBrown does. He's writing like a fan who has sanction to do what he does from someone higher up, instead of a professional on the same level as Brian and company, who puts his fan enthusiasm aside to do a professional job, presented in a way that comes off as articulate and credible.
I just think back to the kind of presentation TomVH had, and I just don't see it here. Just a bit of constructive criticism for BBrown. This is how you learn, and all the main guys around here went through the same thing now and then.
I agree with a lot of what you said. If I had that that exchange with a recruit, I'd write something like this....
I exchanged some texts with Malik tonight. As you know, he released a top 7 recently and there's no order to it. This interesting because [insert some insight to previous recruiting info]. Originally, he was going to make his decision during the AA game, but he's not so sure now. Malik has always been one of the tougher recruits to read. He, his parents, and coaches have done a great job of keeping things close to the vest which is their right. He seems like a high character kid, whichever school he ends up at will end up with a great student athlete.
Don't forget, sometimes perception = reality. There are a lot of people on this board giving you their perception of the situation. Are we really that far off from what some recruits might think?
Jesus Bando, you forgot the constructive part of your constructive criticism. Brown takes criticism well, seems to have a good attiude, but could definitely step up his professionalism. He has promise, but there are things he nees to work on - such as the things you capture above.
I will respond for BBrown.
I appreciate the advice. Some of it will be considered and some won't. I wasn't being dismissive, I just said thanks. Yes, the recruit read the original article because he asked me to send him the link, which I honestly wish I wouldn't have done after how all of it went and how people posted off-putting comments about him for no reason.
And what?!?! There's not much you can do for me? No offense, but what makes you think any of the staff need or want your help or anyone elses for that matter? I'm really not trying to be a jerk, but seriously, we can't possibly please everyone or take every bit of advice that people feel the need to offer up.
And lastly, I'm not sure how you think it works for me, but I don't have a quota. I don't care how many "clicks" I get. That's not what it's about at all. I started The M Block almost 2 years ago and never earned a cent. I don't care about clicks, I enjoy doing this, or at least I used to.
This sounds like something I would say.
Who posted off-putting comments about him, random new poster at a curious time?
For some reason I laughed really hard at this mental image. Fwiw.
Maybe he is short with you because you post your private conversations with him on the internet. He said more than I would have.
I'm not judging. I get it. Some people hold their cards close to the vest.
but it just feels like he's going somewhere else. I hope I'm wrong, because the D-line could really use his help.
I think it's funny that he posted this on his twitter just recently. He seems like he's leaning more towards State (why else would you associate yourself with WIlliam Gholston), but from all accounts, he also seems like a kid who hates the additional attention from the media that comes with being a big time recruit.
— Mr. Ranger LEEK (@D1_LEEK) December 4, 2013
Perhaps someone can do a poll, but I think its safe to assume that there's not enough demand for verbatim conversations to go to the trouble of publishing them.
Just seems weird... off somehow.
If I were asked if there is an order to my Top 7 and my response was "No" I might be upset if it is followed up with being asked what I thought about having one place as my favorite.
I could think the questioner is not listening, or worse, didn't like my answer and is kind of accusing me of not being honest.
Take him for his word.
If it's so weird, why did you click on a post that is about having a conversation with a recruit? Get over yourself.
A short search should prove that I have been at the very least as critical of B. Brown before he began working for MGoBlog as anyone. I stand behind everything I said, but the past seems to truly be the past, and I feel we are better off with B. Brown than without.
I would be delirious with joy to see a Recruting Analyst who does his or her own work put it out there and defend it. If it proves to be wrong, say so and move on. If you are happy with your theory, it is as good or better than what anyone else has brought to the table.
Anything beyond being the fastest retweeter in the west is refreshing.
I wish you jackasses would just read the post and move on instead of nitpicking the fuck out of it and having that typical holier than thou mentality. Why do you care about whether BB got MM's permission before posting this? It's none of your business, and the kids know who BB is, what his job is, who he writes for and as he said, he prefaces conversations by reminding them of such. Just appreciate what BB does and brings to the blog.
Cripes on Christmas this place is going to hell in a handbasket.
Let's see how long it takes for someone to make a smartass, ignorant comment about me. (I didn't want this last comment to come off as combative, but maybe this will keep those types of commenters away.)
Or maybe it should have been easy for you to predict that it would have the exact opposite effect.
Turns out it doesn't matter. Now I know.
The fact that you keep reinforcing people's negative impressions of your reporting should probably matter to you, and are you honestly saying that you didn't know until now that posting "come at me bro" wouldn't end well?
I see we've now transformed this board into a Michigan Recruiting Xanga.
Please, for the love of god, stop trying to justify this inane post and just take it down.
When posting something can do more harm than good for the program, why even bother?
How is this doing any harm to Michigan? BB and this blog aren't affiliated in any way with Michigan other than rooting interest so how is Michigan worse off with this post than without? The numpties that harrassed a kid BB profiled by making fun of an old picture of his made the brand, the program and this blog look bad. This strikes me as harmless. If McD has a problem with this being posted, he can contact any one of the mods and have them take it down.
Oh man I loved my Xanga. Thanks for bringing that back to memory.
Don't read into it.
That way lies madness.
For all we know, he has gotten so sick of responding, that he just handed his best friend the keyboard and told him to just respond on his behalf with "No" to everything.
The worst that can happen really isn't that bad, so why sweat it?
At least he responded. He's probably considering all his other options but hasn't decided. I say that because that's exactly what he has said he's doing.
He's a high school kid. When have they EVER been easy reads?
In conclusion, butt
Does great work! Usually spot on with these things. I've never had a good feel for Malik anyway so it is what it is! Mone is the man though!