There are high-profile recruits, and then there are high-profile recruits.
Prince Harry, who is visiting Colorado Springs, Colo., to attend the annual Warrior Games competition for wounded service members, swung by the Air Force Academy on Sunday and took in a football demonstration.
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun did the teaching, according to this (Colorado Springs) Gazette report, after receiving a special waiver from the NCAA allowing him to pal around with the prince in an official capacity. Falcons team members weren’t allowed to participate because of similar NCAA rules, per the Gazette, which meant intramural athletes handled the demonstrations.
Calhoun gushed over the 28-year-old’s athletic prowess, per the Gazette, telling an Australian news service reporter that “he would be a natural football player. He is aggressive, he is strong, he is smart. I would love to sign him up to the Air Force Academy football team if I could.”
The prince reportedly caught a pass that went 40 yards in the air while on the run and threw one from 30 yards. Air Force was 118th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing last year; best not to rule anything out.
The Air Force cheerleading squad also got to meet the prince, per the Gazette, with him joining the base of a pyramid formation that featured cheerleaders in the middle and “The Bird,” Air Force’s mascot, at the top.
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