Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is recruiting Atlanta in a way that would make Lane Kiffin proud.
Yes, we’re talking about Vanderbilt.
The Commodores are the talk of the town after Franklin arrived at a pair of high school football games on Friday in a helicopter.
Franklin’s first stop was Central Gwinnett’s game at Dacula.
“We’re out there at warm-ups, and this helicopter started flying in real low and over the game field,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “My student trainers were going crazy because they didn’t know what was going on. They thought the helicopter was going to land on the game field.”
Franklin stayed for the first quarter to eyeball a few prospects and then jumped back on the helicopter.
The next stop was the Walton-Lassiter game.
“It was crazy, this just helicopter comes out of nowhere in the dark sky,” Walton offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow said. “Everybody at the game is watching the helicopter and not the game. It was supposed to land on the baseball field but it couldn’t because of the power lines. It circled a few times, found the practice field for football, and landed on it. Pretty crazy, but pretty cool.”
The last time a college recruited Atlanta with such boldness and bravado was when then-Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin took a helicopter ride in 2009 between a pair of games involving Stephenson vs. M.L. King and North Gwinnett High School.
“That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the helicopter, Lane Kiffin doing the same thing for the ESPN cameras at that Stephenson-MLK game,” Wofford said.
Seven of Vanderbilt’s 17 commitments for its 2012 college football recruiting class are from the state of Georgia.
What do I think? Props to Vanderbilt. This is recruiting at its finest. Seriously, how many of you would recognize Vanderbilt coach James Franklin if he walked in front of you? Not me, either. But Franklin had everybody at these games – most importantly, the prospects – knowing that Vanderbilt was there due to his grand arrival.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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