As seemingly occurs during every contact recruiting period, Jim Harbaugh showed up at a school and connected with the students.
At Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, where he was accompanied by defensive line coach Greg Mattison, Harbaugh stood before a class and dropped some philosophy.
In a video captured by a student at Bingham, Harbaugh wore his Michigan vest and said: “The simple question I put to him was, ‘Young up and coming philosopher, in my hand I hold a small bird. Can you tell us if this small bird is dead or alive? The young philosopher, detecting their trickery or treachery, knew that if he said the bird was alive, would crush it in his hand and prove him wrong. And if he said the bird was dead, he’d open his hands and the bird would fly away. So the young philosopher said, ‘The fate of that young bird is in your hands.’ The lesson I always take from that is, our fate is in our hands. Your fate is in your hands.'”
With that, he told the students, “That’s all I got.’ And he walked out with Mattison to a student saying “Go Blue” and Harbaugh repeating it and saying “Go Miners,” the school mascot.
Harbaugh and Mattison were at the school presumably to help close on 2017 defensive tackle Jay Tufele, the state’s top prospect and the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle. Ohio State and Utah are both also heavily recruiting Tufele. Harbaugh also visited Salt Lake City East High School where he visited 2017 prospect Jordan Lolohea and 2018 prospects Paul Maile and Sam Vakalahi, according to the Deseret News.