Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh did a great job of turning around the football program in just one year on the job, going 10-3 (6-2 Big Ten) and winning the Citrus Bowl, and has also raised the bar in recruiting by staying over at recruits’ homes.
Harbaugh staying at kicker Quinn Nordin’s home was enough to shift Nordin’s commitment from Penn State to Michigan come National Signing Day, and enough recruits are taking notice that Class of 2017 five-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis recently told Bleacher Report’s Tyler Donohue that he would be visiting Michigan and that Harbaugh was “changing the game in recruiting.”
Though some aren’t a fan of Harbaugh’s methods, Davis is right on the money with his words. All too often, coaches do home visits with recruits and only stay for a short while to talk to the recruit and pitch the program, and it’s all very businesslike. Harbaugh, on the other hand, takes it to the next level and keeps it sort of casual, spending time with both the recruits and their families, really making an effort to know someone besides the football player.
Needless to say, after landing the No. 1 recruit of this year’s class in defensive tackle Rashan Gary, Harbaugh is clearly doing something right in spite of his critics.
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