Jim Harbaugh addresses his approach to recruiting
It's done. It's over. It's finished. The media circus surrounding Michigan's next head football coach officially ended Tuesday afternoon when Jim Harbaugh was introduced at a press conference in Ann Arbor.
Now that the handshakes and celebrations are winding down, Harbaugh's next mission is to assemble a staff and hit the recruiting trail before National Signing Day in early February.
Coach Harbaugh discussed his recruiting philosophy during his press conference on Tuesday.
"I'm just going to talk from the heart about a place I believe in. I don't know the exact things I am going to say, but they are going to know that at Michigan, for a parent to drop their son off at our doorstep, they are dropping off their most prized possession," Harbaugh said. "It doesn't matter what they have or don't have, that son is their most prized possession. And there is not a finer place they could drop their youngster off than right here, I believe that. And it will be our responsibility to take care of that same fine person they dropped off at our doorstep, and maybe they will learn a few things along the way and become even better people."
Michigan looks primed to become a force down the stretch of recruiting the 2015 class and kicking off the 2016 class with a bang, led by Harbaugh and a staff that is rumored to include some of the best recruiters and assistants in the country.
We will see what happens, but Harbaugh's genuine approach and history of success should bode well for the Wolverines on the recruiting trail, likely very soon.
Harbaugh already busy on the phones
UM's new football coach is certainly a guy who is always working, whether it's watching film, recruiting and coaching. Before his plane even landed in Ann Arbor on Monday night, rumor has it that he has already been busy working the phone lines.
Harbaugh has been hard at work in the day or so that he has officially been employed by the University of Michigan athletic department. While on his flight to Detroit Metro airport Monday, he allegedly contacted the family of former Wolverine recruit and Ohio State commit Mike Weber (Detroit, Michigan), a 2015 running back.
After the presser on Tuesday, it appears that Harbaugh was busy contacting Michigan's current commits, as well as one they would like to reel back in with 2015's tight end Chris Clark (Avon, Connecticut).
Commits to tweet out that they have heard from the new coach include 2015's Alex Malzone, Jon Runyan Jr., Tyree Kinnel and more.
Captain Comeback has his work cut out for him filling the 2015 class, but there is little doubt he'll be able to get it done.
Kentrail Moran eager to take Michigan visit
Kentrail Moran (O'Fallon, Illinois), one of 2016's top running back prospects, is one of the several offers to show substantial interest in the Wolverines in the wake of the hiring of their new head coach.
He spoke to The Big House Report's Tyler Fenwick about where Harbaugh's hiring puts UM on his list. (FREE)
"Michigan is already No. 1, but yes, it moves them past other schools even more," Moran told me of his reaction to the hiring of Harbaugh.
It also sounds like it is only a matter of time until he makes his commitment.
"I’m really close (to committing)," Moran said. "Just trying to find a good date."
Moran told me he plans to get to Ann Arbor "soon" for a visit. His last trip to Ann Arbor was an unofficial visit on July 25.
Recruiting news has been difficult to keep up with the last few days since the news of Harbaugh's arrival became official, but the guys over at 247 Sports have done a fantastic job of covering their bases with all of the recruits that are showing interest after UM found its new coach.
That's it for Wednesday. Check back in with us Friday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.