Last week we learned to what extent Georgia coach Mark Richt went to land Isaiah Crowell in recruiting (lining up other players in a formation, leaving vacant the running back position for Crowell’s on-campus visit). Now we know how far Bobby Petrino will go.
No. He didn’t offer $10,000 for their soul.
But here’s an interesting item via SportsByBrooks and ArkansasSports360. Arkansas athletics/football/Petrino/Beelzebub leased a 10-foot-by-36-foot billboard in Yuma, Ariz., which according to Mapquest is 1,406 miles from Fayetteville, Ark.
The billboard on Interstate 8 reads: “Arkansas Football. Visit ThisIsArkansasFootball.com.”
The cost: $1,704.
Petrino’s objective was to land prospect Aaron Douglas, an offensive tackle from Arizona Western Junior College. He failed. Douglas decided to go to Alabama instead. Score one for Nick Saban. (Not sure if the $1,704 therefore qualifies as a business loss for tax purposes.)
Petrino did manage to sign three other recruits from Arizona, but they were from the Phoenix area, about 200 miles away.
We can’t be sure to what extent this practice of roadside solicitation will grow. (”Hey, mister? Can I interest you in room and board?”) But if you see an Arkansas football billboard within the Georgia state boundaries, please alert me. I’ll want to take a look at it, right after I swing by the market for a dozen eggs.
By Jeff Schultz