How is it that these things always seem to happen to Jim Harbaugh?
The Michigan coach is busy hitting the recruiting trail between hosting camps and generally trying to increase Michigan football’s “swag factor.” Along the way, he ran into a player he knew from the past that he’s now trying to bring to Ann Arbor. How did he know him, you ask? He once babysat him with the help of one of his assistant coaches.
Yes, Jim Harbaugh was once flung into an impromptu babysitting session for an 8-year-old who just so happens to be the younger brother of Trent Murphy, the Washington NFL offensive lineman. Murphy was recruited to Stanford by Harbaugh from Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, before Harbaugh left Stanford for the 49ers and NFL. Harbaugh or not, Murphy went on to stardom at Stanford, where he was an All-American.
Yet it was during Harbaugh’s courtship of Murphy that his babysitting skills came in handy. As chronicled by Sports360AZ, in the middle of Harbaugh’s home visit for Trent at the Murphy house, Trent’s mother went into labor. Without anyone to turn to, Harbaugh and assistant coach D.J. Durkin were left to help Trent babysit his 10-year-old brother, Connor. The coaches apparently performed the task amiably, as mama Murphy signed off on Trent’s decision to head to Stanford.
Now, some seven years later another Murphy brother is on the recruiting block. Far removed from elementary school, Connor Murphy is now a four-star defensive end prospect headed for Nike’s The Opening and a surefire Division I scholarship somewhere.
Could Murphy follow his brother and play for Harbaugh, albeit at Michigan, not Stanford? The decision is his, as Harbaugh has already extended a scholarship offer to the younger Murphy. One thing is certain: Harbaugh will know how to get to the Murphy’s house when it comes time for an in-person visit.