Michigan Football Rumors: Jim Harbaugh Tactics Worth Copying After Recruiting Rashan Gary [VIDEO]
Urban Meyer can learn a thing or two from Jim Harbaugh, even if he doesn’t want to.
Harbaugh -- who can now find his stride after a full year of competing in the Big Ten -- deployed unconventional recruiting tactics at Michigan. Everything from climbing trees to having sleep overs was on the table.
Meyer wasn’t exactly in a rush to copy it.
"No, no, I don't think we'll do that," Meyer said when asked about sleeping at a recruit's house, per ESPN. "But you have to be aware of what your rival is doing at all times. You can't be caught five years behind, and if something is out there, and I'm not going to name any schools, but there are some really good, creative ways of recruiting.
"I'm not talking about the craziness. I'm talking about things of substance."
Looks like “craziness” has a little bit of substance after all.
Michigan it is!
— ESPN (@espn) February 3, 2016
Rashan Gary is the first No. 1 prospect to sign with a school outside the SEC since Terrelle Pryor in 2008.
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) February 3, 2016
This is not to say that Meyer isn’t enjoying some success of his own at Ohio State. As of 1:16 p.m. ET, the Buckeyes are atop the 2016 recruiting class.
— Kevin Wade (@KevinWade_) February 3, 2016
But that’s with the benefit of a head start. Eventually, Harbaugh will pull even in the Big Ten. He already almost did in 2015, finishing one game behind Ohio State and Michigan State in the East.
It’s then when Meyer’s recruiting tactics will truly be tested.
No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary picked Michigan.
Here's how Jim Harbaugh found out. pic.twitter.com/t13QC4ZC0R
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 3, 2016