In the late 80's John L. Smith recruited a left handed quarterback while he was at Washington State, and later landed him when he took the head coaching position at Idaho. That lefty was new Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. At Idaho, Nussmeier went on to win the Walter Payton Award.
Nuss went on to be a solid backup QB for the Saints for four seasons and in Indy for one.
John L. went on to hire Nussmeier during their time together at Michigan State, and was instrumental in Nussmeier's decision to leave Washington for Alabama. Smith said that Nussmeier reached out to him for advice early in the process and they laid out all of the positives and negatives between the two before making the decision to head to the Crimson Tide.
John L. shared his thoughts on Nussmeier as a coach with Travis Reier of BamaOnLine saying, "As a coach, I see Doug as a relater. That's what coaching and teaching is about: being able to relate to players and get the most of out your guys. Now, he's not afraid to jump up and down and get on them. He's been taught that you've got to be able to kick them in the butt but you've also got to hug them."