It is no secret that college football recruiting is one of the most competitive industries in all of sports. Especially when it comes to recruiting in the mighty Southeastern Conference with the likes of perennial powers such as Alabama and Florida.
Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin is certainly aware of this cold hard fact. That is why Franklin has devised a unique and possibly creepy sales pitch to potential recruits lately. It involves building rapport with young players. Well, players who haven't even picked up a football yet.
From The Tennessean:
“If I see a 6-foot-6 man walking in the mall with his wife, and she’s 6-2 and she’s pregnant, I’ll go up and offer their unborn child,” Franklin said.
“I’m not exaggerating. I do that all the time. If I go to speak at an elementary school, if I’m out at a restaurant, we kind of have fun with it. It’s about developing a relationship with people. It’s about getting them connected with Vanderbilt. It’s about making people laugh and telling a story and having fun. It’s about having a sense of humor and not being some robot coach that I don’t want to be.”
As strange as it may be, Franklin's strategy appears to be working, though. Franklin just took Vanderbilt to consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history and boasted a top 20 2013 recruiting class, according to Rivals.
The real test for his strategy will come 15-20 years from now when some of these unborn children finally grow up and either accept or reject Franklin's offer.
Via Dr. Saturday