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A Few Ways That Jonathan Smith Could Keep In Touch With Recruits

Coach apparently likes to keep things old school. How old we talking?

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In an article in The Oregonian, Beavers’ Head Coach Jonathan Smith revealed some insights into his recruiting process. Notably, he’s not a big fan of social media.

“Maybe I’m old school, but I’m just not on it that much,” Smith said. “I’m way more into phone calls that I can have with recruits rather than retweeting their picture. That doesn’t say I’m right for doing it and they’re wrong. It’s just a different way of doing it.”

In an era where a poorly worded tweet or a racy instagram can spread like wildfire, there’s something refreshing and authentic about Coach Smith’s approach. That said, there’s always room to be even more refreshing and authentic. The writers at Building the Dam have some ideas.

A Telegram

Congratulations From The King Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Western Union ended their telegram service a little over a decade ago, but for that old fashioned personal touch, you can’t beat the ole dashes and dots.

--. --- / -... . .- ...- ... -.-.--

A Singing Telegram

This is the same as the previous idea, but with more pizzazz.

Via Plane - Banner

Imagine playing in a High School football game, looking up into a sky, and seeing a tasteful banner with the words “Have you considered Corvallis?” printed on it. I would be convinced.

Via Plane - Skywriting

Melbourne Cup Parade

On an especially clear, windless day, here’s an idea to take things up a notch.

Via Helicopter - Megaphone and Shouting

Sometimes it’s important for your message to be heard in your own words.


Semaphore Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images

If they’re coming to the Pac-12, it’s never too early to start getting used to confusing flags.

A hand-written note to be passed around during geometry

Nothing is more authentic than something written by hand

Stowing a helpful Droid in an unmanned escape pod and sending it to the planet’s surface.

A message in a bottle

Just a castaway

An island lost at sea

Another lonely day

With no one here but me

More loneliness

Than any man could bear

Rescue me before I fall into despair

I’ll send an SOS to the world

I’ll send an SOS to the world

I hope that someone gets my

Message in a bottle

A year has passed since I wrote my note

But I should have known this right from the start

Only hope can keep me together

Love can mend your life

But love can break your heart

I’ll send an SOS to the world

I’ll send an SOS to the world

I hope that someone gets my

Message in a bottle

Walked out this morning

Don’t believe what I saw

A hundred billion bottles

Washed up on the shore

Seems I’m not alone at being alone

A hundred billion casatways

Looking for a home

I’ll send an SOS to the world

I’ll send an SOS to the world

I hope that someone gets my

Message in a bottle

Sending out an SOS

Stand on their lawn with a boom box over your head

In your eyes, our D-Line could be complete.

Stand on their lawn with a lighter and a tank of kerosene

Actually don’t do this one.

A cryptic VHS tape with a series of strange surreal images on it

Try this one a week out from National Signing Day and you’re sure to get some enthusiastic responses.

Shouting out of your window to a street urchin on Christmas Day

No recruit can say no to a fine fat goose from an adorable ragamuffin.

An Owl, like in Harry Potter

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A Magic Fireplace, like in Harry Potter

Former Monk Builds His Own Cathedral Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

A Big Fat Guy on a Motorcycle, like in Harry Potter

Rear Suspension Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images

I volunteer for this one.