The Wolverine

June-July 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  FOOTBALL RECRUITING BY TIM SULLIVAN D uring the first year of his head coaching tenure at the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh landed just three commitments from within his program's home state. In barely more than four months since (start- ing with National Signing Day on Feb. 3, 2016), five more from within the Great Lakes State's borders have been added. While Harbaugh and his staff want to build their program with the coun- try's best talent, that can't come at the expense of in-state recruiting. Brady Hoke's staff focused almost exclu- sively on the Midwest with some aug- mentation from top players around the country, but Harbaugh has taken the opposite approach. He grabs the best players he can, including pluck- ing from the top of the in-state charts. After a slow beginning, though, the current U-M administration has done a far better job taking care of business in its home state.   FOOTBALL RECRUITING After Reeling In A National Class In 2016, U-M Returns Focus To Its Home Turf Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice wideout Grant Perry, a late addition to U‑M's 2015 class, was one of just three in‑state recruits to sign with Jim Harbaugh's program during his first recruiting class. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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