Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nebraska football team lands transfer after state trooper gives recruiting pitch

Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini may owe some credit for his latest commitment to a state trooper. Pat Smith, who has spent the past three seasons kicking for Western Illinois, announced his decision to transfer to Nebraska on Monday after taking an official visit over the weekend. Part of the experience included a short recruiting pitch by an officer after getting pulled over for a traffic violation.

From Quincy Herald-Whig:
Asked where he was headed, Smith explained he was exploring the possibility of transferring from Western Illinois University and making this his official visit to the Big Ten Conference school. 
"He took my insurance card and went back to his car," said Smith, a kicker and punter who recently completed his junior season at WIU as one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. "He then waved me back to his car. We spent about 15 minutes talking about the Huskers."
Smith then walked away with a written warning and an idea of what the rest of the visit would be like. 
"It made an impression," Smith said.
Who says athletes don't receive special treatment? Ah, the state of Nebraska love their pigskin.

For the record, Smith was a perfect 10 for 10 on field goals and 11 for 11 on PATs last year for WIU.

Via Quincy Herald-Whig 

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