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Brian Kelly: 'My pregame routine is to call recruits'

Some of the more superstitious coaches have to have a certain meal, others just down a Red Bull as part of their pregame ritual.

Brian Kelly doesn't do either. He told people at Notre Dame's recent "Town Hall Meeting" that he spends his time leading up to kickoff on the phone with recruits .

"My pregame is to get in and really get working on a lot of things before the game starts. The week is all focused on the game, and trying to win that game and then when that's all done, I'll use Saturday before the game to really do a lot of recruiting."

Can you imagine being a 16 or 17 year old recruit and getting a call from the head coach of one of the top teams in the country hours before they kick off in a huge game against Stanford, Oklahoma or USC?

That phone call carries significantly more weight than the normal call on any other weeknight. Coaches at all levels would definitely benefit from picking up their phones and chatting with a few recruits in the hours leading up to kickoff.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.