That would particularly include his efforts to hammer home Tech’s presence in Atlanta, to wit his appearance at the opening night of Super Bowl week.
It’s important for at least a couple of reasons. One, it’s not uncommon for recruits not to know Tech’s location. Two, even for those who do, tying Tech to Atlanta imbues it with all that the city represents. It’s not anything that Tech wasn’t doing previously, but just with a higher intensity.
“He’s already had it all mapped out,” Stansbury said. “He knew exactly what he wanted to do, how he wanted to do it, how we needed to use our location to our advantage, which, of course, I’ve been saying that since we got here. And he had already figured out how he was going to do it. When I met with him, there was not a lot of hypothetical. It was, this is what we’re going to do, this is what we did at Temple that fits into how I see it. So it wasn’t like he was just coming up with it for my benefit.”
There are next steps. Stansbury said that Collins has walked around Bobby Dodd Stadium, looking for ways to use it as a way to repeat his message.
“He has looked at how, whether it’s wraps or banners or ways that we can reinforce the values of the program, what we stand for, the brand, so all of those,” Stansbury said. “I know that he’s definitely got some ideas there.”
For Stansbury, as he leads a department of 17 varsity teams that often struggles to compete in the ACC, there is an ancillary benefit.
“I think because he is so focused on brand and is so visible, especially in the social-media space, it actually is helping our other sports, as well,” Stansbury said. “There’s definitely a carryover. And because he’s not really creating it right now – he’s already got the template – some of the other programs will be able to gain access to some of that, what he’s already done.”
Collins is still 6-1/2 months from the matter of actually winning games on the field. But, two months in, his boss approves.