In the no-holds-barred world of recruiting today, coaches are trying to secure the advantage for their schools in any way they can.
Sometimes that means sending a recruit hundreds of personalized letters. Other times that means making a grand entrance by arriving to a game in the "Swag Copter."
Or, as was the case recently for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, sometimes that means wrestling a recruit in his living room.
Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald writes that during a visit to four-star offensive lineman Tanner Farmer's house, Pelini presented the high schooler with a weird request.
Farmer, who stands 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, is a state wrestling champ in Illinois. Perhaps with that in mind, Pelini challenged Farmer to pin him on the coach's home visit.
Here's a humorous anecdote from McKewon's story:
I bet you can't take me down, Pelini joked with Tanner. Farmer hesitated. Pelini is pretty tall and in good shape. But he's not a wrestler.
Go on, boy, Brian told his son. If he wants to go, go.
You scared to take me down? Pelini said to Tanner.
The strongest player in Nebraska's 2014 class got Pelini in a hold and lifted him up in the air. There, a potential takedown turned into a big hug between coach and player.
“It was a cool moment,” Brian said.
Interesting tactic, Bo. Some recruits might be intimidated, but luckily Farmer appeared to enjoy the moment. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday to play at Nebraska.
Ranked No. 82 in the country, Farmer is the top-rated recruit in Nebraska's class this year, so it's understandable why Pelini pulled out all the stops.
Check out Farmer's wrestling prowess:
Stars Who Got Big Break In Sports Movies