Karan Higdon Commitment Story.

Submitted by MichiganMan14 on February 5th, 2015 at 6:43 AM

The past week has been quite a whirlwind in relation to Karan Higdon.  It started however, nearly 2 years ago with a brief conversation with Coach Singletary.  I told him about Karan and how he'd be one to watch more or less.  I sent a few emails regarding his recruiting profile that seemed to be lost in the shuffle.  At that time Derrick Green was being recruited and Hoke was on a tear.  After a few months I took the lack of response as them not wanting to recruit Karan.  By that juncture several middle level SEC offers were starting to roll in and in the coming months Karan's offer sheet grew to be fairly formidable.  Karan even collected an offer from South Carolina, which was a school with many family ties and one he really loved growing up.  There didnt seem to be a connection however with his recruitment there for whatever reason. 

 

In-state schools like FSU and Florida began to show genuine interest and Karan began to do well on the camp circuit.  FSU was very close to offering this time last year.  A log jam at the 5ft10 190lb back position was the reason why he was not offered at FSU. They simply needed bigger framed backs to compliment what was already on the roster.  Karan committed to USF initially in an effort to stay home as he is the central figure in his family and viewed as a sort of pillar.  Staying close to home allowed him to be close with his mother and younger brothers amongst other things.  It became apparent quickly that he was going to simply be bigger than USF.

 

Iowa entered the picture and did everything right.  Coach Chris White and Kirk Ferentz were first rate the whole way through.  In fact Chris, stayed through the heat of a pair of our practices and watched Karan.  That is not usual practice as most coaches don't hang around August and September practices in our 90+ degree weather.  Karan would take an official to Iowa and fell in love with the blue collar style and the people.  Everything with Iowa was genuine.  Karan virtually shut down his recruitment at that juncture.  He had interest from many bigger schools but offers from Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, USF, Arizona, Duke, South Carolina and of course Iowa.  Karan was content with Iowa and just turned his focus on doing everything to help our team win games.  We were struggling a bit and Karan was battling with being in a situation where he felt like he cared more than many others on the team. 

 

Through the last month of the season Karan began to really dominate posting several 200 yard games including a 260 yard performance against our hated rival Sarasota High.http://youtu.be/2UKQSs4KC3U Karan actually had 150 yards worth of runs called back due to holding calls that I still feel were awful and would have broken our school record with over 400 yards.  All water under the bridge, as we wound up winning 33-7.  At this point Notre Dame and Florida began to creep back into the picture.  Duke was attending games and really making Karan their number 1 priority.   Throughout December and January the attention from Notre Dame and Florida really picked up.  Notre Dame especially.  They wound up offering over the phone and Karan didn't feel the connection with the RB coach.  I told him that ND was certainly worth thinking about but at that juncture Iowa seemed like a really good fit and opportunity to play right away. http://youtu.be/FhoSMHYpqfo  I remained very pro-Iowa as I envisioned Karan being a great fit for the B1G in general.  The B1G has produced so many great backs and the linemen are simply top notch. 

 

This all brings us to last week.  In addition to coaching the defensive backs with my coaching mentor Jim Anderson, I also coach JV basketball with Coach Fro at Riverview and Karan's younger brother Kavon happens to be our backup point guard.  After a tough loss to North Port, Karan came up to my truck as I was preparing to pull out.  It was unprompted but not out of the ordinary as he and I have developed a truly unique relationship over the years.  He is everything that you could hope for as a young coach and the type of kid and athlete you would want your son to grow up and be like.  A star that isn't afraid to share his shine with others.  We shared a joke or two and I asked him how he felt with his recruitment and if he was still solid as I figured he was.  He gave me a look and sort of let out a breath through his teeth.  I could tell that his head was swimming a bit and the pressure of signing his life away was beginning to mount.  I told him that Iowa was a great school and that he was in good shape.  He then began to tell me that Florida and Notre Dame were still in pursuit and that it was making him think a bit about his recruitment.   

 

Upon Hearing about ND and UF still in the picture, I simply asked him, if he would be interested if Michigan would take another look.  When we first spoke about Michigan in 2013, he expressed genuine excitement at the thought of being recruited by Michigan.  He told me yes and I said that I would resend his recruiting profile to the football office as I had done 3 times over the past 2 years.  I told him that I would catch up and we went our separate ways.  On the drive home i thought about the new staff at Michigan and the recruiting situation.  I had long thought that Karan could be a fit at Michigan and despite my love and affinity to The Florida State University, where I played my college football, I always knew that Michigan is a truly elite opportunity and one where a true student-athlete like Karan could flourish.  On that drive home is the first time in over a year that I really thought that it may be worth a shot to send his stuff out again and see what happened.

 

I woke up at 830am the next morning, which is odd because I work midnights, coinciding with my day coaching schedule.  I immediately called the Michigan football office and spoke with a secretary.  I told her that there was a running back in Sarasota that may be worth a late look and she advised me to send and email with his profile.  I sent his recruit profile and his HUDL highlights.  I was contacted almost immediately afterwards and spoke with Chris Singletary.  The first thing he asked was what type of kid is Karan and what his grades were.  The next step was simply sending his transcripts.  Singletary was professional and thorough. Thursday and Friday passed without hearing a peep.  Saturday morning I was awoke by a text from Karan that coach Jim Harbaugh had called him and offered him. Jim Harbaugh....the guy who was just the hottest name in all of coaching.   It was shocking to me to be honest.  Everyone was shocked.....and then everything started spinning.

 

Karan initially declined the offer to take a visit as he was skeptical about the last minute nature.  After speaking with his mother and fighting off pressure from elswhere to not take the visit, he was convinced to at least see Ann Arbor.  He never took any of his other 4 visits.  He never had anything to compare Iowa to.  Iowa was obviously not pleased at the thought of the visit and by many accounts rightfully so but at the end ot the day myself and our staff were in his corner to at least find out about Michigan. "Michigan is hard to pass up", professed one of our coaches.  We haven't had a kid get offered by Michigan since David Baas.  David Baas turned out to be a Super Bowl winning lineman.  Karan decided to take the visit and that last minute flight plans were stormed together...and I do mean stormed.  Karan had been interning that morning and had to make it from Venice back south to North Port to gather his belongings just to scoot back up to Sarasota where were going to convene to get him to the Tampa airport.  The flight was arranged at 115 and left at 345.  Karan was at work in Venice at 115.....yeah.  This was nearly mission impossible.

 

We arrived at the airport 42 minutes early at 303pm.  Karan made it through the kiosk with his boarding pass and at that juncture i had to move my car from the flight arrival drop off area.  I told him to call if anything arose and let me know when he was boarded.  I left the airport on a sort of natural high.  As a coach your kids become almost like...well your kids.  We had worked hard to at least present this opportunity for him.  I viewed it as one that would either inspire him to take a hard look at Michigan, or solidy his heart with Iowa and give him concrete piece of mind about being a Hawkeye.

 

At 342pm I recieved a call.  He told me that a bottle of lotion resulted in him being held up for 15 minutes at the security check point.  He rushed his bag together and forgot about the lotion.  Karan got to his gate at 342pm.....2 minutes after they closed the doors.  Karan pleaded with the attendant and watched his flight standing by still connected to the walk way from inside the terminal.  Karan plead with the attendant and I spoke with her on the phone.  Protocol was followed and I tried as best I could to calm a pretty heartbraking situation.  I advised Karan to hold tight and just be easy.  "No worries bud".  At ths point it felt as if maybe it wasn't meant to be.  I turned around and doubled back 40 minutes to pick him up.  The Michigan coaching staff handled this in harmonic stride, "We will get over the hurdles" (Coach Harbaugh) and he was able to book a 520am flight for the next morning and execute a true day trip.  A 530pm option was available but it had a first class connection through Atlanta and first class flights are non-permissable per NCAA rules.  On the way back I received a call from Kirk Ferentz, he was understandably frustrated and we spoke about the situation for a about ten minutes after he had already spoken to our Head Coach prior to me.  Our biggest concern as a staff was Iowa throwing heat at Karan.  We made sure that they did not and Iowa directed their frustration at the nature of Karan's last minute recruitment to Michigan.  It was understandle and I did feel Kirk's sentiment.  He was honest and real.  He is a good football coach and I would've had no issue with Karan playing for him.  None of us would've.    At this point i wondered if Karan even wanted to go anymore.  I picked him up at the airport where he was clad in Maize and Blue.  As I picked him up I joked that he had at least looked good in the colors, if only for a few hours.   He got into my truck and we laughed off a growingly frustrating situation. 

 

Karan got in the car with a look of determination on his face.  It was kind of wierd to be honest.  He looked at me and said, "I'm still going coach."  That was that and that decision was supported by his family.  I had prepared to advise him that taking a day trip wouldn't be so bad even though it wasn't ideal.  I prepared to explain to him why the piece of mind was so important on Wednesday.  I knew from looking in his eyes on Tuesday night, that he was not 110% set on Iowa.  It was the first time in a few months that I had thought that.  On the way back we talked about the situation.  I told him that both schools were good options and that Iowa was a place where he would certainly see that field faster.  I owed him that honesty.  I told him that Iowa was a solid school and put out solid NFL talent.  They had done things right and there was simply nothing negative for me as a coach to say about them.  Michigan is just Michigan.  I told him about what it was like to be there on gamedays and about the tradition.  I told him abou the greatest rivalry in all of sports.  I told him that a Michigan education was a life decision and not a 3-4 year decision.  I also told him that Iowa could present a tremendous opportunity for him as a student athlete.  I kept things as nuetral as possible to not taint the situation but I did not hold back about what Michigan was.   The last "snaffu" in relation to the flight was the fact that we were looking at a possbility of Karan getting snowed in until Monday. The Michigan staff could have no contact with him after the dead period and this meant that Karan may  be stranded without shelter or food.  That was was quickly remedied with a phone call with some loving relatives of mine and they offered to put him up for a night in an emergency situation.   I put Karan's mother on the line with my relatives to ease the discomfort of that possibility and took the "stranger" element out of the situation.  Karan's mother was on board with our emergency plan and Karan was determined to see Michigan.

 

The next morning Karan made his flight and was picked up by coach Wheatley.  The two immediately hit it off and Karan was genuinely impressed by Tyrone.  The visit went quickly but effeciently and I never asked for details.  Karan was able to spend time with Coach Harbaught and see the campus and facilities.  He was able to see the Big House.  That night he returned and said the visit made his decision very tough.  In my gut I felt that he was going to stick to Iowa.  I spoke with his mother on Monday and checked on her as she was very stressed.  The parents go through even more than the recruits because they are relegated nearly powerless in the end.  I spent Sunday night celebrating some Tom Brady heroics and shaking my head at Pete Carroll's play-calling.  I also looked up the stats academically on Michigan and Iowa.  No bias.....just raw stats.  Like Iowa having an 86% freshmen retention rate for instance.  Like Iowa putting out 22 current NFL players and Coach Ferentz having won COY in the B1G 3 times.  I put the enrollment data on the table....college town populations.  Numerous data points free of bias. 

 

I presented the facts to her on Monday.   At the end I told her that Iowa was a great oppotunity and that Michigan was a special place and had a lot to offer.  I told her that relationships are very important and she agreed that relationships were the biggest thing holding her back on Michigan.  I told her that Karan Higdon is exactly what Michigan strives for in a "Michigan Man" and that he would be loved if he decided to go there.  There was no hiding the fact that Chris White and Kirk Ferentz held the advantage with relationships.  They earned that with their hard work.  I told her that Karan should pick the SCHOOL that he loved the most.  He should go with his heart.  Karan's mom explained that she had already ordered the Iowa Hawkeye shirts for the announcement and went to put the number on them when Karan called her that Monday.  She said he sounded confused and that it was odd because the night before he had said that he was going to stick with Iowa.  I was not made aware of that and applied no pressure to know to be honest.  Karan told her on that conversation that he had seen 4 Michigan plates and flags on the way to his internship.  The power and sprawl of Michigan was starting to surface to him and he was looking for signs.  "I don't know mom!"  His mom smiled as she told me this and she said that at that moment her gut feeling on Michigan was born.  Until then she had thought that it was simply Iowa and that Michigan was a tool to solidify the choice more or less.   I told her that in case of an emergency selection of Maize and Blue that I would have no problem lending out a couple of hats and tshirts  I've collected a bunch over the years and it was an obvious alternative to purchasing a second lot of college gear.  She laughed it off.  I told her of Coach Butch Wade, who is a good friend and teacher/ basketball coach at Riveriview High School.  That evening I  made him aware of the situation and told him that he should at least speak with Karan about the decision.  Coach Wade did just that on Tuesday morning.

 

Tuesday morning I got a text from Mom that said "Have some Michigan Gear on Standby" .  So i put together a nice Maize and Blue care package and delivered it on the off chance.  In my heart I still beleived that Iowa was going to be the choice.  I honestly thought that Michigan was the better choice and one that would set him up for life but the playing time and relationships built with a quality group of men at Iowa really made me think that they would win out in the end.  I refused to tell him where I thought he should go on the off chance that he would listen and allow me to sway the biggest decision of his life.  Karan didnt answer any texts or phone calls on Tuesday.  He went radio silence.  I sent him a text message with a picture of IOWA taking the field and one of Michigan taking the field to touch the banner.  I told him that he was a special kid and that God had a plan for him.  I told him that he couldn't go wrong with either choice and to pray on it and go with his heart.  My mission in this whole ordeal was to provide as many quality opportunites to Karan as possible.  The Michigan opportunity is one that came up ironically just in time and I made sure that he knew about what Michigan means.  I made sure that he knew what the brand meant and the magnitude of the opportunity.  I owed it to him to be honest about Michigan.  I owed it to him to give Michigan a fair opportunity to earn his services.  My biggest fear was him regretting his choice in the years after Wednesday.  I also was  honest about what an great opportunity Iowa presented.  I did both of those things and laid down Tuesday night with a sort of  restless piece of mind.  I didn't sleep much to be honest.

 

I did not get a hint or a hunch on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.  There were no clues.  Karan went radio silent.  Karan is a very mature young man and this was not uncommon for him to focus when it was called for.  On Wednesday the crowds gathered and after nearly 200 people piled in to watch the announcement there was a sort of quiet anticipation.  Karan made his way wearing all black through the court yard.   His head was tucked into his neck as if he had a bar bell on his back with his squat max on it.  He walked with a quickened and miitant pace.  He had two hats in his hands.  One Iowa.  One Michigan.  He looked me in my eyes as I shook his hand and embraced him.  In his eyes I saw determination. I still didn't quite know but Iowa would've been my guess.  He looked very focused and walked in and took his seat.  We went through our announcements until he was the last one left.  There was obvious anticipation and his mother was a nervous wreck.  She was shaking and fiddling and honestly looked near tears.   She really didnt know and neither did I.  The only one that knew was our Head Coach- Todd Johnson, who was doing the speaking.

 

After a few kind words, Coach Johnson  paused and announced, "And we are all looking forward to Karan playing this fall in the Big House for the University of Michigan!" Karan let out a breath and a smile emerged from inside of him.  Karan put on a Block M Michigan ball cap with the words "Beat Ohio" on the side of it.  He had a look of determined joy on his face as the place erupted.  There were chants of Go Blue and an electricity in the air.  If you were ignorant to it prior to, you would understand in that moment the Power of Michigan.  Pictures were taken and interviews were conducted.  The weight had been lifted an it felt amazing as a coach to see a young man make a tough decision and make the right one.  Michigan is a truly elite opportunity that you cannot pass up.  It's a "Life Decision".   In a moment with him I asked him "why Michigan?"  He told me that, "It was all God's plan.  God doesn't come when you want him, he comes when you need him and he's always on time".   There were no funny hat games or clever tweets.   Just a mature young man making a "business decsion" with the help of faith. I'm not an emotional man.   At that moment I realized what just happened and what Karan had just done for his life.  I shed a couple of tears and stared at the tile floor for a moment.  What seemed like "Mission Impossible" just a few days prior was now just Michigan.   A kid from humble means in Sarasota Florida was going to have the opportunity to not only add to Michigan's historic athletic legacy, but to share Michigan with his family and himself for a lifetime.  That was a truly powerful moment.  

 

Karan's story is a pretty cool one.  His drive and motivation is elite.  Karan IS coming to "Play School" and he is also coming to bring some "Juice" to Michigan's football program.  Michigan was a challenge for him and one that he couldn't live without excepting.  He isn't afraid of depth charts or Rivals Ratings.  He knows that what he does in the classroom, weight room and practice fields  will determine what he does in the Big House.  The hardest part of this entire ordeal for Karan was telling Kirk Ferentz that he wouldn't be coming to play for him.  In the 36 hours leading up to the decision, he didn't eat or sleep much.  He felt like he was letting Kirk down.  The pressure that is placed upon this kids is underestimated to be frank. Looking back at it I think all of us feel a little bit of pain for Iowa and their staff.  They worked hard and it truly ate Karan up to make the phone call to Kirk Ferentz in the end, telling him that he was going to Michigan.  Overshadowing that discomfort is the excitement of where Karan is going.  Karan turned to his faith in the end and his faith, not a coach, directed him to Ann Arbor.  He searched for signs in the final 36 hours and they were overwhelmingly colored Maize and Blue. I can't wait to see this young man grow and mature as a student-athlete in one of the greatest atheltic and academic enviornments in the world.  He is going to make fans of many of you.  You don't know it yet but just wait on it. The recruiting services have done a job, categorizing and limiting him.  He's read every review and projection.  Karan Higdon was never meant to be placed in a box and told what his limitations are.  He is a talented over-achiever with heart and character surpassing his physical ability.  This kid was built to be a Wolverine. 

 

 

#Hail

Comments

BlueMarrow

February 5th, 2015 at 8:38 AM ^

Please leave this story right where it is....it's a great one. Welcome Mr. Higdon. You will never regret the decision you have made. Iowa is a great institution, but Michigan is simply better.

Next year, you will be a student athlete at the highest ranked public university in the country, with an opportunity to contribute to a team that will reach similar heights. After you are finished playing, you will have a degree that opens doors not just in the Midwest, but all over the world.

We are fortunate to have you on board. Go Blue!

MCMOST

February 5th, 2015 at 3:29 PM ^

#Hail Best article I've read on this blog.  With all the BS and talking heads associated with National Signing Day, its awesome to read a story like this that captures the essence and excitement of what going to college is all about.  So happy for Karan and his family!!!  I cant wait to watch Karan Higdon grow as a person, player and seeing him in the student section and corner of the end zone singing Hail to the Victors!!!  #GoBlue!!!  

ironman4579

February 5th, 2015 at 7:08 AM ^

I think he already has some fans around here. I know I'll be rooting for the young man even if he never sees the field. That said, I have a feeling we'll be seeing alot of him on Saturday's over the next few years.

As a quick side note, when I watch his highlights I immediately think Ronnie Hillman. Is that just me?

MGoblu8

February 5th, 2015 at 7:09 AM ^

I'm going to think of this every time I see him play at Michigan. That was my first question when saw he picked UM, "Where's his coach at?!" (I realize it's bad grammar, I'll save you the suspense.) I think it's very cool, the way you've advocated for him over the past couple of years. Maybe it's not different from any other coach, but I doubt it. I just think it's cool that we kind of got to see it play out through you. Tell him congratulations and good luck. We'll all be rooting for him. Go Blue!

Tater

February 5th, 2015 at 7:11 AM ^

Thanks for some great insider info.  It was also great to hear about "Coach Butch Wade."  He was part of a class and a team that put Michigan basketball back on the road to respectability.

Webber's Pimp

February 5th, 2015 at 7:18 AM ^

Thank you for sharing this. Karan sounds like a wonderful kid and his journey to Ann Arbor came about in large part due to your efforts. I admire the way you handled the process. 

geewhiz99

February 5th, 2015 at 7:22 AM ^

Thanks MichiganMan14 for this wonderful story. The M team definitely lucked out in getting a strong student who happens to be a great athlete. I have no doubt that his future is bright and he will make his Mom and family proud.

Larry Appleton

February 5th, 2015 at 7:25 AM ^

Sounds like an awesome young man! I'm genuinely very excited to see him perform and progress over the next 4-5 years. Here's hoping his decision pays off and Harbaugh and co. see to it that he gets a great education, plenty of wins, and hopefully a solid crack at the League when all is said and done!

True Blue Grit

February 5th, 2015 at 7:48 AM ^

Karan sounds like an awesome young man - the kind who will be successful no matter where he goes.  This story also helps highlight the difficult decision process and stress that players and their families go through.  It isn't easy in most cases when there are a number of great life opportunities in front of them.  I think after reading this, Karan is my favorite recruit in this class.  

TheDirtyD

February 5th, 2015 at 7:50 AM ^

This is great insight for fans to see who never have been recruited and how hard it is to make these decisions and execute these visits. These young men have to make some major choices that could have implications of millions. Thanks for sharing that.

bluenbama

February 5th, 2015 at 7:52 AM ^

Thanks for inside info. I'm excited to see him play. One quick question though. Is he really five ten? Seems shorter on the highlight tape. In the grand scheme of things it's probably not a big deal. I'm just curious.

Sllepy81

February 5th, 2015 at 7:56 AM ^

after seeing film alone i liked the kid more then....well i wont turn this into a argument, the other candidate. Im pulling for him. If he wants a good influence/teammate to befriend Derrick Green is a great kid who will stay out of trouble, he was a local kid who ive chatted with prior to Michigan offering. I also chose not to tell him where to go but when i son was born a week before he committed to UM he sent me a 6am "Congrats" message. Never expect a HS kid to care about a kid being born but he's a great kid, i tell my kids to follow his lead if they backed him up. Not saying the other guys are bad influences, just saying i know first hand Derrick is a good one. I'll be pulling for Karan, was hoping we'd get at least him.

Lt. Pete Mitchell

February 5th, 2015 at 8:05 AM ^

This is the type of kid that will have a positive impact on the program and the world regardless of playing time.  HOWEVER, it sounds like we shouldn't sleep on him in any way.  I'll take a blue collar, lunch pale workhorse all day.

Welcome young man.

blue columbus

February 5th, 2015 at 8:07 AM ^

As a RHS and UM alum, I've been anticipating each update the past week.  Thanks for the great summary.  Karan seems like a great kid and has a great future ahead of him.  He already has a number of fans in his corner and specific rooting interest by me.

Go RAMS, Go Blue!

UMgradMSUdad

February 5th, 2015 at 8:08 AM ^

Thanks for this.  I'm guessing it won't sweeten the sour grapes over at Black Heart Gold Pants though: http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/caring-is-creepy-2015/2015/2/4/7975113/iowa-hawkeyes-recruiting-news-karan-higdon-michigan

Three of Iowa's top-ranked recruits flipped to other teams in the last week, but I guess every one of those players had some high school coach in their ear convincing them there was a better option than Iowa. These flips suck when your school is the one left out, but even the fans at Iowa no longer support Ferentz.  Why wouldn't a high school player choose Michigan and Harbaugh and Tyrone Wheatley over Iowa?

MichiganMan14

February 5th, 2015 at 8:20 AM ^

If anything....the staff worked dilligently maintain Iowa's efforts and to not allow Michigan to overshadow their hard work.  Their comments about handlers and fanboys were very off base and incorrect.  How you fault a staff or parent for wanting their child to see a school of Michigan's magnitude prior to a signing day decision is pretty crummy.  I know from speaking with Kirk Ferentz that this hurt them.  Karan was dignified with it all.  He was very transparent and up front with their staff.  He kept them up to date with every move and didn't have to honestly.  He did that because thats how he is.  

Sextus Empiricus

February 5th, 2015 at 8:56 AM ^

The stakes are large for these young men.  I'm glad this blog gives the opportunity for a different take on the assumed bag man backdrop of college recruitment.  Each recruit is housed in a particular circumstance.  Sounds like this definitely was not a Laquon Treadwell experience.

I'm glad Harbaugh had the ears open to Karan and surprised there wasn't earlier engagement from Hoke.  Michigan had their own circumstance that limited the offers in Hoke's final months at Michigan.  2016 should right that ship.  Michigan needs to work its network to the limit to offer opportunity where it is earned both in the classroom and on the field.

Iowa's concerns hark to MSU bitterness.  The truth of the matter is they have benefited from Michigan's downturn far more than they have suffered in recent recruitments. 

mgowill

February 5th, 2015 at 8:22 AM ^

"At the end of the day, it's awfully difficult for a staff 1,350 miles away from the player's high school to outwork a fanboy coach with an agenda embedded at the player's side.  Make no mistake about it: That's the story here.  Higdon had been completely committed to Iowa until five days ago, remained committed to Iowa despite everything his coach was telling these guys, then suddenly changed his mind in quite literally the final minutes with this guy in his ear."

I'm glad you posted this story, because it contradicts the opinion that is being represented at BHGP.  Sounds like a really great kid and glad to have him coming to Michigan.

m1817

February 5th, 2015 at 9:20 AM ^

Thank you for sending his profile to Chris Singletary and for following up.  Karan is the kind of student athlete that will make the U-M community proud, regardless of what he accomplishes on the football field.

You should be proud that you have positively impacted Karan's life, and those around him, forever.

WolverineInIowa

February 5th, 2015 at 9:29 AM ^

Being someone that lives in Iowa and in a mostly Iowa fan dominate area. I got a lot of crap from a few buddies of mine wondering how much Jim paid this kid under the table to get him to flip and all sorts of stuff like that. Apparently to fan bases such as Iowa in  the B1G we are seen in the same group as O$U with recruiting and that we are slowly making the move to a SEC type recruiting at UM.

ilah17

February 5th, 2015 at 1:59 PM ^

I just went and read the post and all of the comments. Virtually none of the comments say anything negative about OP or even Michigan, they mostly say that Iowa recruiting is down and wonder if Kirk Ferentz is even trying anymore. Some of them even joke about how could Karan turn down Harbaugh when compared to Ferentz. Someone also made this gem and inserted it in a comment, I thought it was funny:

Noleverine

February 5th, 2015 at 6:52 PM ^


Why would anyone – anyone (much less a teenager! I mean, wtf?!) – choose the wild spontaneity and win-with-joy-at-all-costs rambunctiousness of Jim Harbaugh over the safe and predictable warm-milk-and-Charles-Kuralt-on-Sunday-morning do-it-the-right-way stability of Kirk Ferentz? I just don’t get it.

 

Do a flip!

by Bucketochicken on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:42 AM

 

Awesome.

MaximusBlue

February 5th, 2015 at 8:14 AM ^

I already had a good feeling about Karan. Now I have a great feeling. Kid ran hard behind a suspect oline and produced. Really earned every yard he got. Sounds like a quality young man raised right by a loving family.

He also obviously wants to be here regardless of whatever rb was coming in with him which tells me he's not scared of competition. He could be something special.

MichiganMan14

February 5th, 2015 at 8:15 AM ^

So humbling.  I've played big time college ball for Bobby and i still shed tears when he picked Michigan.  Michigan is just so powerful man and I know what this means for his life.  We are going to work like hell up into June to have him ready to make an impact this fall.  Thinking of him out there on the Big House turf is unreal.  I'm so happy for him and his mother and for Michigan.  

Here are his weight room stats.

Clean: 230

Bench: 365

Squat:  425

Dead Lift: 515

Fastest 40: 4.45 

40 Range:  4.45- 4.53

 

Make no mistake about it...this kid is a workout warrior and an absolute bull.