The Wolverine

March 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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2016 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY CHRIS BALAS S ome called it surreal and magnificent. A few called it over the top. Nobody, though, called Jim Har- baugh's Signing of the Stars recruit- ing event boring or anything but a spectacle the likes of which had never been seen. In about three weeks time, Michi- gan's head coach rallied his troops to produce a one-of-a-kind National Signing Day event that would gen- erate national interest, and boy did they deliver. Michigan native, U-M fan and former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter organized the Feb. 3 event through his website, The Players' Tribune, and called upon Brooklyn-based production company Spacestation to help pull it off. Executive producer Matthew Mills and his crew had worked with The Players' Tribune as an outside contrac- tor in the past, and Mills didn't hesi- tate when Jeter dialed him up again. "We jumped at the chance," Mills said. "It's Harbaugh. It's Michigan football. What wouldn't you do?" Not much, as it turned out, evi- dent from the event's first moment in front of a packed house (3,500-plus) at the university's Hill Auditorium. The day started with a video photo- montage of Harbaugh's first season, with the photos by a Pulitzer Prize winner, David Turnley. After musical performances by for- Jim Harbaugh's one-of-a-kind National Signing Day event featured numerous celebrities such as Michigan native, U-M fan and former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter, and Wolverine leg- end, four-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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