Jim Harbaugh addressed the offensive side of the ball with the Josh Gattis hire. Now he’s turning his attention to defense.
Michigan interviewed Boston College co-defensive coordinator Anthony Campanile Thursday to join the defensive staff, reports The Michigan Insider.
#Michigan targeting Boston College Co-DC Anthony Campanile for one of its vacant defensive posts - https://t.co/QkdWEBMfJR pic.twitter.com/wHYvgELVQX— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) January 10, 2019
Campanile, 36, has spent the last three seasons at Boston College. Prior to his promotion to coordinator, he served as the Eagles’ defensive backs coach.
Advanced stats reflect a solid BC defense in 2018. It ranked No. 29 overall per S&P+, including No. 48 in rushing and No. 51 in passing.
To give an idea of the talent at Campanile’s disposal, 247 Sports ranked the Eagles recruiting classes No. 78, No. 68 and No. 71 in his time in Chestnut Hill.
The Michigan Insider reports he could fill roles at linebacker or safety. With Chris Partridge coaching safeties, this could mean Campanile assists Don Brown with the linebackers, just as the recently departed Al Washington did in 2018.
Originally from Fair Lawn, N.J., he played defense for Greg Schiano at Rutgers from 2001 to 2004. He later spent four seasons coaching wide receivers and tight ends, as well as assisting on defense.
These connections allow him to help Partridge — a former Paramus (N.J.) High head coach — recruit the northeast.
If Campanile joins the staff, Michigan still has to replace Greg Mattison on the defensive line. No candidates have been made public at this point.