'Who can do edits?' Inside the underground world of college recruiting graphic design
By: Brooks Kubena (TheAdvocate)
An hour before LSU football coach Ed Orgeron's trademark "Hold That Tiger!" recruiting tweet, a high school star defensive end scrambled to find an artist.
"Who can do edits???" Alec Bryant posted on Twitter at 5:06 p.m. Monday.
Time was ticking.
Sports reporters, athletes and fans were starting to catch on that Bryant, a junior at Shadow Creek High in Pearland, Texas, was going to announce his commitment to the LSU Tigers' 2020 recruiting class.
Bryant wanted to join the trend that has swept up nearly every major modern athlete in college football: He wanted a graphic to post along with his announcement — an artistic picture with swagger and flash and flare, the type that's become standard in the social media age.
Perhaps you've seen similar graphics flood your social media timelines. The hundreds of photos with their digitized logos and footballs have probably only just started to fade away, now that national signing day has been over for nearly two weeks.
But where do they come from?
Luckily for Bryant, his social media following allowed him to crowd-source:
"@GeauxEdits The Best!!" one person replied
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S1:E1 Guests: Jadan Abdallah RB at The Colony HS, Daniel Vlosky from GeauxEdits Design, and show host Matt Davidson.
Wash. post: For the latest in signing day announcements, you’ll need a graphic designer
By Emily Giambalvo
December 18, 2018Before District defensive lineman Cam Goode’s announcement on Wednesday of where he plans to play college football next season, just a handful of people know his choice: his parents, his high school coaches and a stranger in Baton Rouge whom Goode knows only through Twitter direct messages.
Meet Daniel Vlosky, a longtime college football fan who works in IT. He’s the person Goode entrusted with his secret for the sake of receiving a graphic to artfully announce his college choice, Maryland or Central Florida, on social media.
Gone are the days in which college football recruits only have one way to publicize their decisions: by selecting a hat while seated in front of a television camera. Those scenes are still common, and the signing of a national letter-of-intent remains an important visual of the recruiting process. But now recruits also cater to audiences online, not just sharing their final decisions but publicly narrowing their top candidates throughout the process.
“When they’re announcing something this big, they want to do it with style," said Vlosky, 32, who makes the graphics under the alias Geaux Edits. READ MORE...
Although it feels like ages ago when I first came into contact with Joel, in reality, it was only 10-11 months ago. He was fresh off of his Sophomore year looking to get an edit for a major football program that recently contacted him with an offer. We've kept in contact over the months and i've enjoyed watching him show out at team camps all summer long and continually growing that impressive offer list.
Notes from our conversation:
Follow Joel on twitter: @sayyjoee
The two big things that stood out to my most after talking to Mike Wyman is that the Junior out of Greensboro, NC is an impressive athlete on the field and perhaps an even better scholar off of it. Mike has that rare blend of elite athletic ability and superior intelligence. He looks like he could step onto campus at a major D1 school and start right away and would also post up a 3.5gpa (at least) in his classes. Yes, as mentioned before, he is only a Junior in high school.
Notes from our conversation:
While he holds an impressive offer list he currently does not hold an offer from LSU. He does hear from them and I could see an offer being extended at some point this season. Mike is a very high character, athletic, and intelligent player and the school that he decides on attending will be lucky to have him.
Follow him on twitter: @MikeWyman22
I had the chance to chat with Nehki Meredith a 5'11 175lb 4-star Safety out of Virginia Beach, VA. After watching some tape on him this is what I noticed. He has a knack to be around the ball and more importantly make game changing plays. He possesses a great break on the ball after it's thrown and from what I can tell has great hands as well. Nehki does not back down from coming down into the box and getting involved in stopping the run game. Although slightly taller, he reminds me of Tyrann Mathieu coming out of H.S. with his constant presence around the ball (VIDEO), causing turnovers (VIDEO), and game changing performances. Oh and by the way. The tape I reviewed was from his Sophomore year.
Also, for just being a Junior in H.S., he seems to be extremely mature as you will see in some of his answers below. He has at least somewhat of a direction on where/what he wants to do with his life which is more than most of us could say at the age of 16/17. I was very impressed with Nehki both with our on the field and off the field discussions.
Follow him on twitter: @Nehkimeredith14