So I have seen some interesting things at a couple Ohio State sites. They are a bit nervous about Zach Harrison. It has long been assumed that he is a slam dunk for the Buckeyes, only living 25 minutes from campus. Not so fast . . . apparently, he is truly and honestly interested in Michigan.
Here are some pertinent quotes from the article
Michigan’s coaching staff made a number of changes in the offseason, and the decision to bring in linebackers coach Al Washington from Cincinnati is paying dividends with Harrison. That bond, along with a handful of players at Michigan he’s become close with, have thrown a wrinkle into what was at one time considered a slam-dunk recruitment for Ohio State.
“Just hanging out with the guys, I get along with those guys really well,” Harrison said. “I love Coach Washington. he’s a good dude, a big family man. It started a couple years ago when he was at Cincinnati, or last year, he came to my school and was recruiting one of my teammates. I started to talking to him and then he went to Michigan and started recruiting my area.
“The education is great there, the players, I love them. They’re building something special up there, and I like the strength staff there. I like Coach Harbaugh, I think he’s a good dude.”
If Michigan were to land Harrison, that would help in the recruiting rankings, but that doesn't matter all that much. (I am fine with Michigan getting the guys they want to get, and not the guys everyone thinks they should get.) More than that, it would give us the number 4 player in the country, at a position (defensive end) where you can't be too good. Better yet, it would be a true head to head win over OSU. Best of all, it would be a head to head win against OSU for a guy from the state of Ohio. This is a Woodsonesque kind of win.