The art of the sale

Compare and contrast two recruiting stories from Georgia’s Tyler Simmons:

When Simmons was around 8 years old, he was at Georgia Tech for a one-day youth camp. It was a short drive from where his family lived in Powder Springs. Now 18, he remembers approaching Paul Johnson, who had just been hired, and telling the Yellow Jackets’ head coach that he’d be back one day…

After Simmons’ recruiting heated up, another school to offer him was Georgia Tech. Simmons found himself in Johnson’s office.

“I told you I’d be back,” Simmons said.

Johnson didn’t remember the conversation.

Alabama’s lead recruiter was Kirby Smart.

Then the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator, Smart approached Simmons at last year’s state track meet. He showed him his phone, which had a video from the previous year’s track meet.

“This is how much I believed in you: I’ve been wanting you since Day 1. I recorded this,” Smart said, according to Simmons’ father.

Smart and Williams took pictures with Simmons, sent them back to Alabama coach Nick Saban, and invited him to Alabama’s first summer camp.

“Basically, Kirby was the one who wanted him the most,” Leah Simmons said. “That stood out.”

I’m not saying it’s fair to hold Paul Johnson to a standard of remembering what every kid at a camp said to him a decade ago – although if you told me Nick Saban had a support staffer who catalogued that for him, it wouldn’t exactly shock me – but a little more warmth or enthusiasm might help leave a better impression.

Maybe Tech’s rousing success on the recruiting trail can’t all be chalked up to the triple option.

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23 responses to “The art of the sale

  1. Normaltown Mike

    the kid’s lucky CPJ didn’t punch him in the face.

  2. He’s a closer, alright.

  3. 3rdandGrantham

    We’ve long known that Johnson isn’t exactly a people person. He rarely smiles and isn’t one to go out of his way to make conversation with others. But the fact that Johnson told Simmons that he didn’t remember the conversation highlights his lack of emotional intelligence. After all, here we have a top ranked recruit telling the GT coach that, after all his hard work following his confident prediction stated as an 8 year old that finally got him to this momentous point, Johnson essentially threw water on the fire instead of trying to share in the moment with him. Really dumb.

    That’s akin to your wife surprising you with a really nice, romantic dinner, in which the food she prepared was the exact same meal you had on your first date at that great Italian restaurant many years back. But instead of thanking her while recollecting on that special night, you instead quip that you don’t remember eating any of this stuff and — by the way — you could have sworn that you went to some seafood joint instead.

    This is why GT gets out recruited by the likes E. Carolina, Wash State, Pitt, etc. Sure, the triple offense doesn’t help matters, but having a cantankerous HC hurts even worse.

    • Bulldog Joe

      Tech has more than their share of ‘ISTJ’ people like this.

    • Normaltown Mike

      “That’s akin to your wife surprising you with a really nice, romantic dinner, in which the food she prepared was the exact same meal you had on your first date at that great Italian restaurant many years back. But instead of thanking her while recollecting on that special night, you instead quip that you don’t remember eating any of this stuff and — by the way — you could have sworn that you went to some seafood joint instead.”

      I do stuff like this all the time, only it’s a deliberate means of keeping her off-balance.

      • 3rdandGrantham

        Women are off-balance as it is — no need to tilt them over even more.

        I’m somewhat kidding, and us guys certainly have our myriad issues too, especially in relation to our (rather fragile) egos.

    • charlottedawg

      I am shocked, shocked i tells ya! That a) fish fry got outhustled on the recruiting trail and b) has zero emotional intelligence to boot.

      He and tech are perfect for one another i hope he never leaves.

    • Gaskilldawg

      Yep. A smart coach would have replied to Simmons, “Yes, we had a great chat back then didn’t we! We’ve been watching you ever since.”

      It is called “diplomacy” for a reason.

  4. Lrgk9

    So, I talk one on one with Van Gorder and ask him why he took the Ga Southern job and his answer was ‘To be with and work with Erk Russell’.

    Later on in a brief conversation with Paul Johnson, mention Van Gorder’s comment to Fush Fry. He retorts ‘Van Gorder didn’t know Erk!’

    I replied in my most sarcastic inimical voice ‘Tell Van Gorder that why don’t you cause that’s not what he says…’

    Silence and a glare, PJ wasn’t ready for a quick quip answer implying that Van Gorder might take serious umbrage with PJ.

    Guy is a narcissist and verbal bully.
    Course he does make a bunch of money..,

    • Dog in Fla

      “Course he does make a bunch of money..,”

      The art of the chop block

    • @gatriguy

      He fired his mouth off about wanting to beat BVGs ass, only to get curbstomped last year. He is the perfect coach for Tech in every way.

  5. 202dawg

    You nailed the part at the end about Saban. He’s the Miranda Priestly of CFB.

  6. Semper Fi Dawg

    It’s the Russell jerseys remember? As soon as they switch to UA next year, they will be on the same level as the SEC….

  7. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    @202dawg May 4, 2016 at 11:19 AM
    “You nailed the part at the end about Saban. He’s the Miranda Priestly of CFB.”

    To be fair, while both Nick and Miranda demand absolute attention to detail while they process their respective apprentice support staffs, the effect of that zero tolerance is nowhere close to the emotional release that Ted’s apprentices need

    • Russ

      Yes, but what about Ted Cruz and the 5 dead hookers?

      • Dog in Fla

        He got those Glengarry leads from Craig as a reward for doing a good job at standing practice🙂

        • Cojones

          Everyone here who has seen a real douchebag (looks like a rubber hot-water “bottle”) raise your hand? Now place your memory of it next to Ted’s face. Notice the resemblance?

        • Cojones

          Times bought the Trib, eh? Is the Tampa Gulf Area getting bluer this time of year?

  8. Cojones

    Who did the music to Tech’s Spring Game – The Paltry Few? A dang recruitin’ Mecca, it was. Is Paul’s johnson stay there and for how long based on Tech’s fan apathy? I haven’t heard any cries of discontent or heard any letters of recommendation. Zed.

    Your joke of when the Tech game starts play comes to mind, Senator.

    That place has no resemblance to yesteryear’s raucus audience and ardent Tech fans. The ones that show up in Athens nowadays are treated especially polite early on because a good Dawg never flushes the covey ahead of time.