In the world of recruiting websites, you have Rivals, Scout, ESPNU and Max Preps. And now there’s 247Sports.com, started last year and staffed by a number of former Rivals employees. They’re following the model of Scout and Rivals (who’ve both been around for over a decade) in producing team-specific coverage.
And then there are a ton of independent sites not affiliated with any major network but often act as big players in the local market.
When it comes to the team-specific sites, it’s very hard core. If you want to follow your college basketball and/or college football team year round in extreme detail, then these sites are for you. It’s all the information you can ask for, and some you didn’t.
These services are changing the way sports are covered on both the collegiate and high school level. To help make sense of all of it, I enlisted the help of the Northwestern site manager for Rivals (owned by Yahoo!): Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport.com
I asked both what the average fan...