Lane Kiffin's Recruiting Plan: Have Recruits Singing Staff's Praises

Scott FeltsContributor IOctober 16, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Lane Kiffin, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers during pregame warmups against the UCLA Bruins on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Lane Kiffin in a recruiting helicopter.

The Tennessee head coach and his staff are using their bye week to hit the recruiting trail, and this trail doesn’t just run along the ground.  The Vols' "Happy Trails" lead to "The Wheel In The Sky" turning up four and five star commits.

The Volunteers' head man cut practice short this week to both give his players time to heal and rest, and to ensure that he and the coaching staff could be travel the country, trying to pull in the nation’s best players.

On Friday night, Lane and recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will use a chartered helicopter to fly from high school game, to high school game in the Atlanta Georgia area. 

Recruits and their families are going to love it.  Vol fans will love it.  Opposing fans will be jealous their teams didn’t do it.   

Opinions don’t matter though.  The proof will be in the recruiting class signed, and the Vols staff is well on their way to another tremendous group as they go after Georgia commits on the heels of the 45-19 beat down last week in Neyland Stadium to the strands of “We Will Rock You."

Lane called into this week’s SEC coach’s teleconference from a high school while on a recruiting trip.  Earlier in the week he traveled to Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, and “Sweet Home Alabama." 

In addition, the coaching staff has and will continue to visit California, South Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas, and parts of Tennessee this week.

Junior college QBs Matt Simms and Cam Newton will both be looked at this week by the staff, as will big name players Jeff Luc and Matt Elam.

Kiffin and Orgeron will be landing the “Vol Copter” at MLK High School in Atlanta which plays Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson High School.  MLK running back Mack Brown, who has already committed to Florida, is still a Tennessee target and you can bet he will be impressed with the effort made by the Tennessee twosome even if opposing teams will think Kiffin’s effort simply equals, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

Linebacker Tyrone Cornelius is committed to Miami, but the Stephenson High prospect is going to be looked at, too. Kiffin and Orgeron do not give up on a kid if they are interested; the Vols coaches, “Don’t Stop, Believing."

From MLK, the “Vol Copter” will take the pair to Suwanne Georgia to visit North Gwinnett offensive lineman Jawuan James and several players from Northview High School.

While very few successful team’s staffs actually “take a week off” in college football, the tenacity and effort shown by Tennessee’s staff sends the message to recruits and their parents that there “ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough to keep me from getting to you."

Let’s just hope Orgeron isn’t the one singing.