Walt Bell: 'If it's great, we'll steal it and make it our own'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 6, 2013
Recruiting never stops. Coaches know that.
While Signing Day is a celebration of a lot of hard work, there still is work to be done. UNC tight ends coach / recruiting coordinator Walt Bell explained that the class of 2014 is very much on the minds of coaches.
"Literally, not just talk. We will literally get every single 2014 offer, plus a significant amount of others on the phone with our head coach today," Bell said. "Literally from the time we got done with the faxes - even before that, we had a 2014 at 6:50 this morning - from the time we got here, until the time we go to bed tonight, it will be getting every 2014 offer on the phone with our coach and make sure that, a year from today, they understand we're already thinking about them. It's a long day, but it's got to get done."
Bell explained that the staff will do whatever it can to stay in the minds of recruits, and using technology is a big part of that. They'll also see what other schools are doing.
"We're going to everything in our power to stay at the forefront of technology," Bell said. "We're also going to make sure we're in the kid's pocket as much as possible. That we're in front of him, we're in front of his eyes, whether it be Twitter timeline or Facebook. We're going to do everything we can stay at the forefront of technology and multimedia.
"In terms of (where we get the ideas from), anything from magazines, to books, to SportsBusiness Journal. What other guys are doing, we'll pirate stuff. If it's great, we'll steal it and make it our own. Everything we can do to stay at the forefront, that's what we're going to do.
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