With national signing day little more than a week away, coaches are crisscrossing the country to lock down key commitments. It's during this time -- at in-home visits -- that anything can happen. While making last-minute pitches to recruits and their families, coaches will do almost anything to secure a signature. Whether that means choking down some bad food or doing whatever it takes to meet a recruit, coaches have great stories from this time of year. Here are some of those stories:
"A policeman shows up, so I explain to him what's happened. I beg him. I say 'I'm Coach Koenning with Rice. Can you take me to the airport?' He says 'Sure Coach. I'll help you.' So I jump in the police car, and we're riding toward the airport and all of a sudden he gets a call that there's been a wreck. He says 'Coach, I have to work this wreck.' So here I am in a car with a police officer and my head coach is in the home visit now with the parents.
"I have to borrow his phone and call Brendon. He puts Coach Goldsmith on. I say 'Coach, this is Les.' He goes 'Where are you at? I've been in this home for over an hour and a half.' I tell him 'Coach, I've got a small problem.' I tell him about how I'm stuck with the policeman.
"Somehow after he worked the wreck, we made incredible time on the highway, got the keys and he jets me back to the car with the lights on and everything. I get in the rental car and finally make it to Brendon's house. It's been two and a half, almost three hours. Coach Goldsmith apparently has talked about every part of the University, and I mean everything. I knew I was in trouble when I saw that they had a dip bowl and it looked like somebody had taken their finger and just cleaned the dip bowl out. The most beautiful thing about the story? We signed Brendon."
-- Texas receivers coach Les Koenning Jr.