- Kirby Smart takes his in-state recruiting trip to another level.
- When most coaches drive, the Georgia head coach takes a helicopter.
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With the open recruiting period coming to a close on Friday, it’s the most wonderful time of the year— Kirby Smart helicopter tour season. Less than a month after winning the CFP National Championship, the Bulldogs’ head coach has hit the recruiting trail hard.
Well, he flew over the recruiting trail, at least.
Every year for the past few years, instead of driving across the state of Georgia or flying across the country, Smart hops in a helicopter and makes the most of his time. It’s efficient and time conducive.
To get from the southeastern corner of the state to the northeast corner of the state by car takes just under seven hours. To do so by helicopter, it cuts the time down to about two hours in the air.
No matter where he is going, it is quite the spectacle. Smart lands anywhere from a parking lot to the 50-yard-line of the football field, gets out and marches his way into the school.
It is a grand entrance, to say the least.
— North Gwinnett Athletics (@NGHSAthletics) January 14, 2022
He did the same thing a week later.
ICYMI: If you're trying to impress a HS football recruit, landing a helicopter on their school's front lawn is a pretty good start!
— Sean Barie NBC-2 (@Sean__Barie) January 21, 2022
And then at another visit, he landed in the outfield of the baseball field.
Rolling in on a helicopter, he’s hard to miss.
— Coach Evans (@CoachEvans1991) January 24, 2022
And when he pulls up, everybody goes out to meet him.
— Jodi James (@Jodi_L_James) January 25, 2022
It’s quite the spectacle.
Whether it’s the whole winning the National Championship thing, or the helicopter, what Smart is doing is working. Georgia currently has the No. 3 recruiting class for 2022 and the top recruiting class for 2023.