I did not make this headline up
A lot of nice comments out of Clark regarding Michgan and his visit. I had not realized he has never been to UCLA to visit so the fact they are "neck and neck" is a bit annoying in relation to a school he has now visited 3 times and was a former commit. Of course it can just be posturing but it sounds like it's wide open from here between the 2 schools. He visits UCLA later this month and then Harbaugh does an in home visit after. I am sure Mora will go calling immediately after Harbaugh too. Sunds like Clark connected well with young Harbaugh as well which is important considering that's his position.
Fun comment below - considering how hard Harbaugh has worked at previous jobs:
"It's crazy, he's really intense, and you really like that," Clark told MLive on Sunday. "He grew on me a lot. I didn't know what to think at first, I wasn't sure what he'd be like. But once I left, he really, really grew on me. He's the best coach I think I've sat down with. I just think he's awesome."
And once he arrived, Harbaugh's message for him -- and the rest of the recruits on campus this past weekend -- was pretty clear. "He said, taking this job, he can't fail," Clark said. "He said he can't fail, because he cares way too much about the city, about the University of Michigan and he's going to work harder at this job than anything he's ever done in his life. He's committed into turning Michigan back into the best program in America, and I really think they'll get there. I've never met a coach who is that competitive and that intense."
Sounds like UM employed the same strategy Mattison did with defensive recruits - splicing their HS highlights into college and NFL tape to show them how they can be used. I would assume this is getting pretty common across the college landscape (splicing HS tape into their college tape) but only so many staffs can show NFL tape and legitimately say "when I was in the NFL this is how I used X position."
From there, before attending Michigan's basketball win over Northwestern on Saturday night, Clark spent a great deal of time with Harbaugh and his offensive staff, notably new tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh.
Clark said he "really connected" with the younger Harbaugh, and added that the staff showed him multiple clips of how they used former Stanford tight ends Coby Fleener and Zac Ertz -- who are now both NFL players. Harbaugh also showed him tape of the way his offense used tight ends with the San Francisco 49ers, and spliced in clips of his own personal film from his high school career.
"That was pretty cool, they also showed me stuff I've done in high school, and then showed me stuff they've done with their tight ends," Clark said. "There's a lot of similarities there, which was pretty cool.
He says he won't take any other visits, and as of now, Michigan and UCLA are the two schools holding his interest. Is there a favorite?
"Right now, it's neck and neck," Clark said. "I'm not really too sure what I'm going to do. The visit to UCLA is really important, I've never been on the west coast. "So we'll see what it's like. I don't think anyone's leading right now."
decent article "How Jim Harbaugh recruited Andrew Luck from Houston and what it could mean for Michigan's future in Texas"
nothing groundbreaking, just more insight into JMFH
(btw, excuse the osu stuff on the page, it being an ohio website and all)
These are rare and it's late anyways.
- Chris Clark's final visit is to UCLA and will be next week, but Harbaugh has an in-home visit scheduled with the young man after his UCLA visit. That bodes well for Michigan
- Joe Burrow was indeed the B1G recruit that Michigan got in contact with but he is sticking with OSU (in other news, their other current QB commit, Torrance Gibson, just visited Auburn and many think he will end up pledging to the Tigers). McLane Carter is still a possibility and Harbaugh will continue recruiting other QBs.
- Jay Harbaugh visited Patrick Allen, a 4-star OL from Maryland who visited UM in September, at school this past week. UM will be in his final four with Georgia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. It'll be tough to pull him to Ann Arbor but the fact that this staff can grab a kid's attention so swiftly certainly bodes well for 2016 and beyond.
According to the BursleyHall82 Sports Bureau (and please correct me if I'm wrong), this will be the first time in history that two Big Ten quarterbacks will meet as starters in the Super Bowl.
Only four B1G quarterbacks have ever won a Super Bowl: Bob Griese, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. And now we have a little B1G-on-B1G action.
Couple that with Ohio's National Championship and the Harbaugh Hiring, and this has been a pretty damn good couple of weeks for B1G football.
According to 247, Durkin offered 2015 OH OT Nolan Ulizio . He is listed at 6-6/280 and 247 has him as a 2 star.
I dont believe he's been on the radar before but the coaches must obviously like him. All the 247 crystal balls (FWIW) have him as a Michigan lock (he is currenly committed to Uconn ?)
Has anyone ever seen him play or heard anything about him ? This one is new to me.