We can only assume how much current Georgia coach Kirby Smart learned from Alabama coach Nick Saban during their time together from 2008-15.
Smart won four national titles as Alabama’s defensive coordinator, and he apparently learned a recruiting trick from Saban along the way.
Six days removed from National Signing Day and just a month into his new job in Athens, Smart and his defensive coordinator Mel Tucker went “looking for some Dawgs” in a helicopter on Thursday, making a visit to Lanier (Buford, Ga.) defensive tackle Derrick Brown.
“There have been a lot of college coaches in and out of here all year long to see Derrick and some of our other students,” Chad Longe, the athletics director at Lanier High School, told SEC Country. “We’re a new high school, only six years old … but this is probably the most unique arrival that we’ve had for Derrick.”
The five-star recruit and No. 1 player in the state was impressed by the move, but this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Back in December, when Smart was still on his staff at Alabama, Saban took a helicopter to see a practice at McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.).
According to an earlier report from 247Sports, Brown wasn’t even considering Georgia in his top 3 schools (Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee).
We’ll see if Smart’s grand entrance changes Brown’s mind next Wednesday on Signing Day.