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Todd Smith has seen no shortage of big-name college football coaches making their way through West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School's hallways in recent months.
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"There was a lot of hoopla going on in the springtime," WW-P South's football coach said. "Every day our kids were lining up to see what big-time coach was walking through next."
Yet, Greg Schiano's entrance last weekend was different. The Rutgers football coach wanted to catch Smith's prized pupil, J.B. Fitzgerald, in action, but WW-P South's opener conflicted with three other games Schiano needed to see at the Meadowlands.
And so shortly before the 1 p.m. kickoff last Saturday, a red and black helicopter landed in the park across the street from WW-P South's football field. Out walked Schiano, the consensus National Coach of the Year, who watched New Jersey's most sought-after linebacker recruit play the entire first half.
"So far, that's probably the biggest thing we've seen throughout J.B.'s recruiting process," Smith said. "It was pretty cool."
Told of Smith's comment, Schiano said that wasn't the reason he treked to WW-P South's game by helicopter.
"We do it so we can be the most efficient that we can be with our time," Schiano said. But, Schiano said of the buzz it created, "That is a residual effect, for sure."
It wasn't the first time Schiano has flown by helicopter on a recruiting visit and it won't be the last, but before you go thinking this is another story of the million-dollar coach taking advantage of one of his perks, know this: Without the helicopter, it never would have been possible for Schiano to catch the second half of the 1 p.m. game between St. Peter Prep and Delbarton at the Meadowlands.
"Right or wrong, recruits like to see the head coach at their contests," said Schiano, who will be grounded inside Rutgers Stadium today when the Scarlet Knights play host to Norfolk State at 3:30 p.m.
"If you're Joe Paterno or a guy that's a legend, maybe you don't need to be there," he of-fered. "But if you're Greg Schiano, you better have your rear end at the game."
While Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops are among the coaches who use a private plane to travel on recruiting trips, the helicopter is better suited for Schiano to maneuver inside a recruiting base that includes New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
"It's a huge recruiting tool," Schiano said. "A lot of coaches across the country, their universities have private planes and they recruit nationally, and that makes sense. We recruit more in the State of Rutgers, so it helps us get anywhere we need to be when we have to be in multiple places in the same day."
The recruiting tool is courtesy of Liberty Helicopters, a Linden-based charter service that, according to Deputy Athletics Director Kevin MacConnell, inked a deal with Nelligan Sports Marketing on behalf of Rutgers Athletics last spring. MacConnell said there's no cash involved in the barter deal, with Rutgers advertising Liberty Helicopters with signage inside Rutgers Stadium and promotional spots on Schiano's radio show, to name a few of the perks Liberty receives.
"It's been a great relationship," said Patrick Day, Liberty's marketing director. "It works for both sides. For us, it's extremely important because you've seen what's going on at Rutgers. The tri-state area has never had a college football team like what Greg Schiano's doing at Rutgers, so it was real important for Liberty Helicopters to get on board and attach themselves to that."
To help Schiano soar to greater heights, Liberty has provided Rutgers with a recently-painted red and black 'chopper with the call letters, N130RU, on the tail. Day said plans also are in the works for Rutgers' block R to be affixed before the helicopter is shown off at Rutgers Stadium prior to the South Florida game next month.
"They put pressure on us, huh," Schiano said, when told that 130RU stands for 13-0 Rutgers. "I guess we have to put pressure on them — fly straight!"
The deal with Liberty, Schiano said, works for both parties.
"They do an excellent job," Schiano said, "and I think we do an excellent job promoting them as well."
When it comes to recruiting, it appears the sky really is the limit for Rutgers these days. Rather than navigating through traffic to Long Island last spring, Schiano took the helicopter to visit Longwood High's Devon Watkis.
"I hope a recruit appreciates the effort that we make to see them," Schiano said this week, "more than the apparatus itself."
Perhaps they do, but that didn't stop New York's top-rated offensive line prospect from committing to Rutgers' 2008 signing class two days after Schiano's visit.
"I know if I got recruited by a coach and he pulled up in a helicopter," Rutgers tailback Ray Rice said, "I'd say, 'man, this guy's pretty cool. I'm coming.' "
The recruit Schiano chose to visit last Saturday in West Windsor last Saturday isn't bound for Rutgers, however. Though Fitzgerald remains ticketed for Michigan, doesn't it say something that Schiano, with his 2-0 team currently ranked No. 13 nationally, remains intent on trying to lure New Jersey's top linebacker prospect?
"With the 0-2 start Michigan is having, I didn't take it as a negative," Smith said. "I just think Coach Schiano was doing the right thing, showing that he's still supporting J.B. He wouldn't be doing his job if he wasn't still trying. Recruiting is such a high-stakes game at the Division I level, and these coaches are out there not only competing on the field but for the best players in the country, too. He has to go after the best players in the state, and J.B.'s definitely one of those kids."
Smith's team was in the locker room by the time Schiano took off at halftime. Still, the coach didn't need to see the helicopter ascending to feel the reverberation Schiano created.
"I think the comment I heard the most from the parents was 'Wow, I can't believe Coach Schiano is taking the time to show up here,' " he said. "That definitely was the buzz."
post #2 of 22
"A lot of coaches across the country, their universities have private planes and they recruit nationally, and that makes sense. We recruit more in the State of Rutgers, so it helps us get anywhere we need to be when we have to be in multiple places in the same day."

Hopefully he will always recruit local kids. It kind of sucks to see michigan loaded upo with players from FLorida, and FLorida loaded up with players from Michigan.
post #3 of 22
If it helps keep some of the Jersey and New York talent at home by all means have at it. I'm tired of seeing Jersey's best talent in Nebraska or USC uniforms.
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If it helps keep some of the Jersey and New York talent at home by all means have at it. I'm tired of seeing Jersey's best talent in Nebraska or USC uniforms.


Or BC
post #5 of 22
Hello,

My name is Roberta and I work for an Advertising Agency called Visual ImpaX Design and Advertising in Union, New Jersey.

We handle all the graphics and design for Liberty Helicopters and we are currently working on their web site.

I came across your copy on Google when searching for appropriate text for one of the web pages that focuses on the relationship between Rutgers and their company.

Is there any way that I may have permission to use this copy that you posted? If you didn't write it, could you lead me to the person that did?

I'd REALLY appreciate it!!!!

Please reply by email to: robertak@visualimpax.net
or Call 908.624.1100.

Thank you,
Roberta Kavendek
Designer–Visual ImpaX Design and Advertising
post #6 of 22
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Are you hot?
post #7 of 22
Roberta

Welcome

Just one thing you have to remember- not all Jerseyites have jumped on the Rutgers bandwagon.

and you have permission to quote me.
post #8 of 22
Let's keep this professional please.

It is imperative that I acquire this copy.

Thank you.
post #9 of 22
Wow! You don't like the Scarlet Knights?
That's ok--I'm not much of a Springsteen fan anymore, and that's supposed to be sacrilegious too.
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That's ok--I'm not much of a Springsteen fan anymore,


Well then make that strike two for me also. Maybe if I find one more thing they'll kick me out of the state.
post #11 of 22
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Roberta, I would suggest that you contact TimS. who owns this board for any permission to use any of it's content. Secondly, I hope you know that the first post in this thread was nothing that any of us wrote. I believe it was lifted from the Star Ledger. Our only contributions are the sophomoric comments that follow it.
post #12 of 22
Striper,

Oh yes, I definitely knew that it had to be taken from some type of local newspaper.

Thank you so much!!!!

I'm sorry if I sounded a bit uptight--just a little pressured.

FYI - Unfortunately, I am not what one would consider "hot", but I'm definitely not a "butter-face" either!

(I am also a PROUD member of the Liberal Elite!)
How do you get that logo to show up?
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FYI - Unfortunately, I am not what one would consider "hot", but I'm definitely not a "butter-face" either!



around here we like our butter on our feet.
post #14 of 22
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Striper,

Oh yes, I definitely knew that it had to be taken from some type of local newspaper.

Thank you so much!!!!

I'm sorry if I sounded a bit uptight--just a little pressured.

FYI - Unfortunately, I am not what one would consider "hot", but I'm definitely not a "butter-face" either!

(I am also a PROUD member of the Liberal Elite!)
How do you get that logo to show up?

Well if you're a Liberal you sure are hot to me!
Right click on tjhe image and save it. then at the 1/4 of the way from the top of the page all the way to the left to go User CP and then to Edit signature.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Roberta
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Striper,

(I am also a PROUD member of the Liberal Elite!)




“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.â€
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