If I were to ask you which coach you think would say the words "I bet you can't take me down" to a recruit during an in-home visit, which coach would you think I was talking about? Would Nebraska's Bo Pelini be one of the first coaches that came to your mind?
Of course he would, and that's exactly what happened when Pelini visited the home of four-star offensive lineman Tanner Farmer. From the
I bet you can't take me down, Pelini joked with Tanner. Farmer hesitated. Pelini is pretty tall and in good shape. But he's not a wrestler.
Go on, boy, Brian [Tanner] told his son. If he wants to go, go.
You scared to take me down? Pelini said to Tanner.
The strongest player in Nebraska's 2014 class got Pelini in a hold and lifted him up in the air. There, a potential takedown turned into a big hug between coach and player.
“It was a cool moment,” Brian said.
I would like to imagine this is how all coaches evaluate recruits. If you can tackle the coach, you get a scholarship offer. If you can't, maybe you should consider playing somewhere else. In fact, this should probably be the rule when you're applying for anything, be it a scholarship or even a job at the accounting firm.