LOOK: NC State recruiting 5-star prospects by helicopter

Mark Gottfried went a bit gaudy and very big in recrtuiting tactics on Wednesday. (USATSI)

This isn't a first, but yeah, any time we can see a coach using a copter for "crootin'" -- as they say in the South -- we'll share it.

NC State coach Mark Gottfried -- along with every other college hoops coach, basically -- is out on the road now; Wednesday was the start of the live, in-home-visit period. Coaches are crisscrossing the country, encouraging recruits to come to their campuses for their college careers.

Gottfried went stylin', opting to whip out a helicopter to get in his visits with two five-star players: 2016 point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. and 2016 power foward Bam Adebayo. The best part is that both these kids live in-state. Adebayo lives near High Point, N.C., and Smith in Fayetteville. Gottfried could have hopped in his car and made the short haul.

Naw: get to the choppa!

Is Dennis Smith waiting on a sandlot baseball field there?

Anyway, as I wrote in July, NC State is considered the leader to land both these players. Smith in particular has been the Wolfpack's top target for more than three years. Though he suffered an ACL injury last month, he's still considered by some to be the best point guard in a class of point guards that could be as good as we've seen in more than a decade.

Another look at the helicopter that took Gottfried and assistant coach Orlander Early:

Coach Gott is a man of the skies. Remember 2013, when he jumped out of a plane before NC State's midnight madness event? If the Wolfpack do indeed land both these players, using the chopper to help seal the deal will be something Pack fans remember for a long time.

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