Texas A&M may not be undefeated this year, but their "swaggercopter" is.
What’s a swaggercopter? It’s the unofficial name Aggie fans have given the helicopter that Coach Kevin Sumlin flies in to visit and watch recruits.
Earlier in the year, it was spotted at a high school game between Allen and Plano West; Sumlin possibly was there to watch Allen quarterback Kyler Murray.
When asked about the helicopter Tuesday, Sumlin praised its value.
"We practiced Thursday, and just by sheer need to get to the game, there’s really only one way to do it," he revealed during his weekly media session. "You can’t drive. We’re going to north Houston, so you can’t get through Houston at 6 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday night. You can’t fly, because if you fly into (the airport), you have the same problem with traffic. If you land on the baseball field right next to (the high school game), then you don’t have that issue."
"The ability for me to go to practice and practice until 6 and there’s a game that starts at 7 or 7:30, for us to get to Houston and inside that stadium in less than an hour is unbelievable," he continued. "Or to Dallas in an hour and 40 minutes or to go to two or three different games. Some people think it’s for show, but it’s also for necessity if you’re going to complete practice with your own team and be able to see more than one game on Thursday and Friday nights."
The swaggercopter is now in use thanks to one booster.
"Fortunately, we have a booster who is very, very generous and offered to use that. I think it’s one of the only types of helicopters of its kind in the state."
But the cutdown in travel time isn’t the only perk of a swaggercopter. Sumlin also revealed it has a perfect record.
"We’ve taken it to a couple different places," he said. "As I told the booster, it seems to be working, because the helicopter is undefeated, as far as signees and commitments. We’re going to keep that going. I know that. You change a lot of things, you evaluate your program all the time, but that’s one thing I think we’ll keep doing."
"We used it the first evaluation time we could use it, a year ago. It was a little controversial," he said. "We had the hurricane postpone the first game, so Florida became the first game. That Thursday night, we had a couple (recruits) that were playing. It just so happened the game was on ESPN. We didn’t know that at the time, when we started planning that. The two guys involved in the game actually signed with us."
So if nurturing a Heisman winner and playing and beating the SEC elite wasn’t enough, apparently recruits dig helicopters.
To hear Sumlin talk about it, check out the video, starting at about 6:07.