No one is totally safe from a good prank. Not even a legendary college football coach like Nick Saban.
Saban was on a rare vacation over the weekend. It makes sense, because we’re currently in one of college football recruiting’s dead periods, so he’s not allowed contact with recruits until the end of the month.
Still, he will apparently pick up his personal phone for a number he doesn’t recognize. And based on a video first tweeted by “Top Tier Jay,” he did just that on or around July 7.
The person on the phone in the video purports to be calling about a kicker recruit from “Happy Valley,” looking to set up a visit.
The original video of the Nick Saban prank call, which has been going viral:
— TopTier Jay (@toptierjay) July 7, 2018
Obviously, we don’t know for sure if that is Saban on the other end of the call, but it sounds just like him, and he plays it like a recruiting conversation that he’s probably had a million times.
Saban mentions being on vacation, and the dead period. When the prankster references “a recruiter guy” that his player has been talking to, Saban posits that it might be new quarterbacks coach Dan Enos.
If anything, it is a good look on Saban to just brush aside some potentially minor special teams recruit that he doesn’t know right away. He definitely isn’t leaving any stone unturned.
That may cost Saban some brief embarrassment whenever he sees this video, but he has plenty of rings and trophies to point to in response.