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February 2019

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24 THE WOLVERINE FEBRUARY 2019 the team, and he wants to get each one involved. "We're going to put answers on everything to allow our kids to be successful, but if we've got multiple wide receivers, we're going to find a way — as most people have heard me — to get our speed in space," he said. "If we've got tight ends that step up, and those guys can create mismatches in the run game and also in the pass game, we're going to be playing in 12 personnel [two tight ends]. So we're going to have the ability to do ev- erything. We're not going to just be single-minded and say, 'Hey, this is what we're going to do; we're going to force our players to do one thing.' "The neat thing about our offense that I'm bringing is the flexibility among the offense. That's one of the things that a lot of people saw this past year at the University of Ala- bama — how well we used our talent. And really, when you look at my track record over the past few years, it's how well we spread the ball around, how much diversity we have on the offensive side." DEFENSIVE HIRES ALSO EARN PRAISE The day after hiring Gattis, Har- baugh added Boston College's An- thony Campanile as a defensive as- sistant to replace Washington. True freshman early enrollees David Ojabo (defensive line) and Mike Sainristil (wideout) were among those in the building when Campanile and Gattis first arrived in Ann Arbor. "Anthony gave David Ojabo a big hug, because he had recruited him in the past. Josh had also recruited Sainristil in the past," Harbaugh said. "[Safeties coach] Chris Partridge and [running backs coach] Jay Harbaugh really knew the younger coaches out there, but I'd been tracking Josh Gat- tis for a while now. I knew what he had done at WMU, PSU and Alabama. Adding him was a great home run, grand slam type of hire. "Partridge and Jay Harbaugh said the same thing about Campanile. I trusted them, because Chris and An- thony had coached together in New Jersey. Campanile's résumé was so impressive — he was coaching both offense and defense at Rutgers, and then got hired at Boston College and moved up to co-defensive coordinator quickly there." He's got a gift of personality and charisma that's hard to match, Har- baugh continued, noting he received texts from half a dozen coaches telling him what a great hire he'd made. "Don Brown was also aware of Campanile and said he is a presence in every high school on the East Coast" Harbaugh added. Campanile spent the last three years at Boston College and the four years before that at Rutgers, and he's got New Jersey roots. His family name is well known there, and that has helped him on the recruiting trail. "Campanile was a high school coach for a long time in New Jersey," Rivals. com national recruiting director Mike Farrell said. "He worked at some big schools there, and his brother is the head coach at Bergen Catholic. Then he worked at Rutgers … so he's got really good ties to New Jersey and New York. "He got his break at Boston Col- lege. He was a full-time position coach there, but kept recruiting well. He's a young guy and he's very affable; peo- ple really like him. He relates well with kids because he is a young guy and he knows what they're looking for … overall, he's a good on-field coach and a really good recruiter." Campanile coached defensive backs his first two years at BC and made an immediate splash. He was named the National Defensive Backs Coach of the Year following the 2017 season by both 247Sports and The Eagles hoped to keep him around by adding to his responsibili- Anthony Campanile spent the past three years at Boston College, serving as the defensive backs coach for the first two before being elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 2018. PHOTO BY AJ MAST The Anthony Campanile File Hometown: Fair Lawn, N.J. College (Graduation): Rutgers (2007) Age: 36 (will turn 37 Aug. 18) Year School Position 2005 Rutgers Student Assistant 2006 Fair Lawn (N.J.) High Assistant 2007-09 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep Linebackers 2010-11 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep Offensive Coordinator 2012 Rutgers Defensive Assistant 2012-14 Rutgers Tight Ends 2015 Rutgers Wide Receivers 2016-17 Boston College Defensive Backs 2018 Boston College Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs

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