Jim Harbaugh told 3-star recruit Brett Neilon Michigan doesn’t recruit “moldy blueberries.”
Jim Harbaugh likes his recruits like he likes his fruit: not moldy.
Three-star center Brett Neilon spoke with The Detroit News about his visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines’ spring game in April, and he recalled quite an interesting conversation with the Michigan head coach.
“He told me, if you buy a pack of 30 blueberries and one is moldy, it will affect the others, and that’s why he doesn’t recruit moldy blueberries,” Neilon said with a laugh. “[Harbaugh] thinks I will fit perfectly at Michigan.”
It’s quite an analogy from Harbaugh. After all, a coach wants his players to be fresh, both physically and mentally, so that he can pick them to go in and make a play at any point in the game.
If the personalities don’t “pear” with what Harbaugh is trying to do in Ann Arbor, it’ll be impossible to fully enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Some would even say that’s where success stems from — the intangible instead of the tangible.
Harbaugh is smart to plant those seeds early in the recruiting process because, as he continues to pursue prospects like Neilon, the idea of committing to Michigan will ripen.
It’s helped him attract West Coast prospects — again, like Neilon, who’s from Santa Margarita, California. Michigan landed three signees from California in the 2016 cycle. Before we know it, Harbaugh will be landing Cali kids by the bushel.
As for Neilon, he did enjoy the rest of the trip berr— or, rather, very much.
“[Michigan] is incredible,” he said. “There’s nothing like it.”
It’s bananas to consider how much momentum Harbaugh and his staff have on the recruiting trail right now. His satellite camp plans have left other major programs with sour grapes.
It’s not as though Harbaugh cares, though. He’s peachy keen.
He’ll continue to pursue the nation’s best prospects, leaving opposing recruiters plum out of luck.
The Michigan man will conceivably have the last laugh on signing day, staring down the SEC and asking, “How do you like them apples?”
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
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