Jim Harbaugh On Recruiting: ‘We’re Miners Panning For Gold’

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh shared his thoughts on recruiting and also weighed in on the status of suspended Wolverines wide receiver Grant Perry on the Big Ten’s spring football coaches teleconference.

Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting tactics have received plenty of attention since he arrived at Michigan, including driving go-karts with the Wolverines top recruit from this past year’s class, Aubrey Solomon.

But sometimes, Harbaugh needs to put on the hard hat and dig deeper for prospective Wolverines.

During Wednesday’s Big Ten spring football coaches teleconference, Harbaugh likened recruiting nationally to a difficult, albeit very rewarding, gig.

“I care about all the United States of America,” Harbaugh responded when asked where he focuses his recruiting efforts. “I consider ourselves as miners out there panning for gold, searching for golden nuggets. We’ve found that anywhere that they play football, we want a chance to evaluate and recruit.

“The Internet has been very good, too. Lots of players who are under the radar, their videos are being seen by everybody.”

Harbaugh and his staff brought in the No. 3 recruiting class this year according to Scout.com, one that included 5-star prospects Solomon and wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. Four-star receivers Nico Collins and Tarik Black also signed with Michigan, and the Wolverines might need all the help they can get at that position if Grant Perry’s situation isn’t resolved soon.

Perry is facing two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, one felony of resisting a police officer and one misdemeanor of minor in possession of alcohol after being arrested on Michigan State’s campus Oct. 15 during Michigan’s bye week. Perry is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference Thursday before his jury trial begins May 15.

Harbaugh on the teleconference confirmed that Perry has not been practicing with the team. Michigan suspended Perry indefinitely in December after Perry caught 27 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns last season.

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