Apparently that first sleepover by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had an impact.
Quinn Nordin, the placekicker for Rockford High in Michigan who committed to Penn State in July, is a free agent once again after officially backing out of his pledge Wednesday evening. The move comes less than two weeks after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh kicked off his unofficial national “recruit sleepover tour” by spending the night at Nordin’s house, going to school with the prospect the next day and then driving him to Ann Arbor.
Nordin’s decision to re-open his college recruiting is a bad omen for Penn State, as the kicker told MLive.com that his mind was made up on Wednesday, before he made his decommitment official. The rest of us will have to wait until National Signing Day to learn where Nordin is headed, with USC given the last shot at winning him over on an official visit this weekend.
Nordin, the kicker selected to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Football Team, committed to Penn State in dramatic fashion with a video of him stepping off an airplane with the song “I’m Coming Home” playing in the background.
For now, the kicker’s commentary on Harbaugh and his sleepover would seem to bode well for the Wolverines:
“He slept in the guest room at our house,” Nordin said. “He came at 12:01 (a.m.), just like the rule book said he can. I was in my pajamas laughing when he showed up at the door. I couldn’t believe it. There were fans in the street.
“We stayed up until 1:15, 2 o’clock. When I woke up in the morning, my mom made pancakes and waffles for Coach, and there we were, chowing down breakfast.” …
“Coach Harbaugh is one of my favorite coaches through this process,” Nordin said. “Coach Harbaugh is a character. He’s a brutally honest person, he is going to shoot straight, and that’s awesome. There’s not a lot of real people like him. He’s as real as it gets and a good guy. I do like him as a man and as a head football coach.”