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Did Jim Harbaugh's spring break trip to IMG Academy help Michigan recruiting?

DIRK SHADD | Times

20

January

Remember one of last offseason's biggest stories, when Jim Harbaugh brought the Michigan Wolverines to Bradenton's IMG Academy for spring (break) practice?

Harbaugh said his $350,000 excursion was about team building and chemistry - and nothing, of course, about the 22 blue-chip prospects who could drive to Michigan's open practice, or a possible recruiting edge that comes by setting up shop at a school with 14 of the state's top 100 players.

"I don't know that there is one," he said then when I asked him about a possible recruiting advantage.

So let's check back in on that, two weeks before signing day.

Michigan has the country's No. 4 class, behind only Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia. Six of its enrollees/commits are ranked among the nation's top 110 prospects.

Two of them - four-star center Cesar Ruiz and four-star linebacker Jordan Anthony - are from IMG Academy. The same IMG Academy that hosted the Wolverines last spring.

To be clear, there's nothing wrong with what Michigan did. It was within the rules. And I'm not saying that Anthony and Ruiz are headed to Ann Arbor solely because Harbaugh took his circus to Florida.

But it sure sounds like a recruiting advantage to me. 

[Last modified: Friday, January 20, 2017 7:34am]

    

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