Georgia Recruiting: Helicopters and Bulldogs


Kirby Smart showed up at Tyler Simmons’s house with a live Bulldog . Simmons is committed to the Crimson Tide. Photo: Michael Carvell/AJC

Yesterday morning, Notre Dame pulled up to Demetris Robertson’s house with a semi-truck. It was a huge hit for Robertson, and his friends, but did it get the Irish any closer to a solid “yes” from Robertson? It doesn’t seem like it did, but it was a valiant effort.

The same could be said for Kirby Smart’s decision to plop a helicopter down at Lanier High School when he arrived to visit Derrick Brown. As of now, Brown doesn’t even have Georgia in his Top 3, but it never hurts to leave an impression, even if it’s on a future prospect.

And, Smart wasn’t done. Later that evening he arrived at Tyler Simmons’s doorstep with a live Bulldog. Simmons caught it all on video and it was definitely a sight to behold.

Will it make a difference? Who knows, but it was sure fun to watch!

Simmons is currently committed to the Crimson Tide and he knows a thing or two about the helicopter trick because Tide Head Coach, Nick Saban, arrived in one to seal the deal on him not too long ago.

These days, it takes a lot to impress some kids but I honestly believe that if a kid wants to play for your program, you won’t need to do much to convince him. And, after what happened with Willie Williams in the early part of this century, I hesitate whenever a program chooses to use overly extravagant tactics to woo a kid; because, to me, the result such actions lead to unrealistic expectations. Expectations that translate to one message: “earn this”.

Trust me, no one will forget that truck Notre Dame brought to Robertson’s house if he ends up in an Irish uniform–especially if he doesn’t end up becoming an All-American.

It’s unfair, but that’s recruiting in the 21st Century.

While all the fanfare was taking place, Georgia quietly offered, and received a commitment from, All-American punter Marshall Long. No helicopters or Bulldogs necessary.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they were all that simple?

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