How badly does Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh desperately want to shore up his team’s special teams for 2016? So bad that he’s going to start recruiting a place kicker at 12:01 a.m. as soon as he’s allowed to visit recruits again.
No, this isn’t a joke. Harbaugh will be in Rockford, Mich. to recruit top placekicker prospect Quinn Nordin at 12:01 on Friday, the first minute that the recruiting dead period ends. Nordin spoke to Scout.com about Harbaugh’s alleged plans, including his rather unique sleeping requirements, or lack thereof.
“He’s going to be at my house at 12:01 he said,” Nordin told Scout.com. “That’s when it’s legal for him to be at my house. He said we can watch a movie, see how well we gel and he said he would sleep over after that. I was in tears laughing when he said that. He said the next day, if my parents didn’t want me to miss school, he would go to every class with me and go to lunch with me…. He told me if I had a 6-foot-3 inch piece of carpet for him to sleep on, that would be enough. I said we have guest rooms, and he said ‘tell you what, I’ll just sleep on the floor in your room.’”
Yes, Jim Harbaugh is willing to sleep on the floor, rather than next to his wife, to help lure a placekicker to Ann Arbor. It might just work, too: Nordin, who is the top high school kicking prospect in the nation, is set to decide between Michigan, Penn State and Baylor on National Signing Day.
By our calculations, that gives Harbaugh one night to visit and plenty of time to call Nordin until he’s blue in the face. If anyone would go to those lengths to land a placekicker, that’s definitely Harbaugh, isn’t it?