Jim Harbaugh, a walking, talking pair of Dockers, is a perfect example of the absurdities that come along with trying to convince 17-year-olds where they should go to college. Earlier this year, he (or more likely, one of his minions) baked a shitty looking birthday cake to entice one of his Texas recruits. Now he is planning to spend the night with another. All in the day’s work of a major college football coach, I guess.
From CFB Talk:
Harbaugh is preparing to go to great lengths to secure a commitment from the nation’s top kicking prospect, Quinn Nordin of Rockford, Michigan. Nordin is rated the number one kicker in the nation by Rivals and is currently verbally committed to Penn State (you may remember the music video announcement), although Michigan has been making a strong push on the recruiting trail for the in-state talent. Because nothing is ever official until the National Letter of Intent is faxed in early February, coaches are free to make any last-minute recruiting pitches possible. The dead period in recruiting is lifted this Thursday, and Harbaugh will be waiting at the front door of Nordin’s home at 12:01 AM to come in and spend the night with the top kicker.
“Under the exact rules, he’s going to be at my house at 12:01 he said. That’s when it’s legal for him to be at my house,” Nordin said to Scout.com‘s Allen Trieu. “He said we can watch a movie, see how well we gel and he said he would sleep over after that.”
Knowing this is a school night, Harbaugh even told Nordin he will go to school with the Michigan native and have lunch with him. But where would Harbaugh sleep?
“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.’ I said ‘Coach, I have Penn State stuff all over my walls.’ He said, ‘Tell you what, I can help you take it down.’”
I wish I was so good that I could force men like Jim Harbaugh to do anything to secure my commitment.
“I want your Twitter account for one hour. I get to say ANYTHING.”
“I want to take your daughter to prom. No, I don’t care that she is just 14. Buy the dress.”
“Put on my mom’s wedding gown. Do it. Put it on and march down Main St. like your fiancé just left you at the altar and I’ll sign whatever you want me to sign.”
The trade off is, of course, once you sign with them, they don’t need to coddle you anymore. They can treat you like dogshit for the next four years, and if you suck, they can just throw you off the team.
But with guys like Jim Harbaugh, you gotta respect the effort. Under no circumstance should he need to do this. He coached in a Super Bowl like four years ago, for Christ’s sake. Yet here he is, promising a KICKER he will bend over backwards for him if he decommits from Penn State and joins the Wolverines.
Sounds like a no brainer to me, bud..
[via CFB Talk]
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