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ESPN Fully built by Harbaugh, now what?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jim Harbaugh climbed a tree for a recruit.

He rode go-karts for another.

He had sleepovers and barnstormed around the country hosting satellite camps.

And, you know what, it worked.

Entering his third season at Michigan, Harbaugh and his staff have signed 37 ESPN 300 recruits -- including DE Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 -- after the previous Michigan staff signed 28 in the four classes before Harbaugh arrived. The old adage for college football coaches is "just wait until he gets his guys in there." In extraordinary fashion, Harbaugh has gotten his top-level targets at Michigan.

The team won't truly be his until the starting QB is one of his recruits. 


  • I know the conventional wisdom is "wait until he has his players" but if you look at some of the most-successful coaches in recent memory, it seems to be a mix of their players and those from the previous regime IF it wasn't a dumpster fire when they got there.  

    Bob Stoops' only NC came in his second year at OU, Meyer's first NC at Florida was in his second year, Tressel's only FBS NC came in his second year at tOSU.  A lot of guys won in their third year (Carroll, Saban at Alabama, and Les Miles).  

    It's really dependent on inherited players and for the guys who did win right away it seems that is a shot in the arm to their predecessors' ability to recruit and an indictment of their game day coaching.
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