Harbaugh's First Phone Calls Should Be

With Jim Harbaugh's expected hire to be announced on Tuesday. Which recruits should he call first?

Multiple sources indicate that Jim Harbaugh is set to be the next head coach at Michigan. It may be the worst kept secret in the history of coaching searches. With that being said, Harbaugh has a lot to work to do before signing day on Feb. 4, 2015. Michigan’s recruiting class is depleted to say the least. The Wolverines have lost multiple commits since the rumors started to swirl on the future and later firing of Brady Hoke. Who should Harbaugh call first? Who should he lure to Ann Arbor to be part of his first recruiting class? We have some ideas. …

Josh’s No. 1 - Mike Weber: The former U-M running back commit and current Ohio State commit could spark shockwaves if Harbaugh could flip him from main rival Urban Meyer. Harbaugh will certainly focus on getting Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech back on lockdown as a Michigan recruiting hotbed. Also, Scout.com has reported that Weber would visit Michigan – and that was before Harbaugh was even considered a lock – maybe a phone call could get Weber back thinking Maize & Blue?

Kyle’s No. 1 - Alex Malzone: Malzone is now days away from his move to Ann Arbor to officially enroll early for the Wolverines but given the importance of the quarterback position in today's game and Harbaugh's success developing the position, a call to Malzone seems appropriate. Much like Harbaugh, Malzone grew up surrounded by Michigan, a fan of the school and football program and something that clearly was a sticking point in bringing Harbaugh back. For a coach that loves Michigan as much as Harbaugh, securing student-athletes that feel the same will be key in re-energizing this program.

Josh’s No. 2 – Alex Malzone: Some could argue Malzone should be the first phone call. However, Malzone has stayed solid with the Wolverines throughout this process. Harbaugh is sure to call the Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice standout soon as he signs the dotted line. Malzone, who has been a lead recruiter for U-M, should help in luring recruits to join his class.

Kyle’s No. 2 -Brian Cole. One of the most versatile and productive athletes in the 2015 class, Cole may not receive the national attention required to be considered an elite prospect but he certainly looks the part. Someone that could play in the secondary or be a true difference maker at wide out offensively, Cole is the caliber of player Michigan needs right now and Harbaugh would be wise to ensure the most dynamic player in the state stays home.

Josh’s No. 3 - Chris Clark: A former commit, Clark recently released his top three schools of UCLA, Michigan and Michigan State. U-M made the list squarely because Harbaugh was hired. So giving the five-star tight end a phone call should be high on his priority list. And the gut feeling is, Clark is more likely to listen.

Kyle’s No. 3 - Iman Marshall: The No. 2 rated cornerback in all of the country, Marshall has tremendous size for the position at 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Combine his size with the ability to move well, not to mention a young man with the capability of moving to safety at the college level, and Marshall would bring another playmaker to a young but developing secondary in Ann Arbor. Not only that, but Michigan needs to get back to recruiting in California and Marshall would send a message that Harbaugh plans to do so.

Josh’s No. 4 – Tyrone Wheatley: The son of the former Wolverine standout should be high on Harbaugh’s list. Wheatley’s father, Tyrone Sr., would like to see his son suit up in a Michigan uniform. There is even some thought that his father could be on the shortlist of possible assistant hires for Harbaugh. So it’s conceivable it could be a package deal. Either way, Wheatley is could play tight end or defensive end in college, and Harbaugh is sure to make that call.

Kyle’s No. 4 - Osa Masina: Still uncommitted this late in the process, Masina has shown interest in Michigan throughout and ranks as the No. 2 rated outside linebacker. At 6-foot-4, 233-pounds Masina at least appears physically ready to contribute on special teams right away. Finding some recent success plucking players out of Utah it certainly wouldn't hurt Michigan to continue that trend by stealing the No. 1 outside linebacker in the west region in the 2015 class.

Josh’s No. 5 – Joshua McMillon: The four-star linebacker considered Michigan heavily before committing to Alabama this summer. He has since become a soft verbal, so naturally making a phone call Memphis, Tenn., standout should be high on Harbaugh’s to do list.

Kyle’s No.5 - Chris Clark. Clark has had a very odd recruiting process stemming back to the weekend he committed to Michigan, just a day after visiting East Lansing and Michigan State. Originally committed to North Carolina, Clark is still talking to and visiting several different schools but remains intrigued at the now likelihood that Harbaugh signs with Michigan. At 6-foot-6, 247-pounds Clark is a blend of a balanced tight end and the No. 1 ranked player at his position in the country. Given the multiple tight end looks Harbaugh likes to utilize, Clark would provide help in that area.

Josh’s 2016 call – Kareem Walker: Scout.com’s No. 1 RB already holds a Michigan offer and should receive a some interest from the Wolverines. In fact, Walker tweeted, “Jim Harbaugh to Michigan” on Sunday with the news of him coming to U-M. So naturally, Harbaugh should show some interest back. It would be rude not to.

Kyle’s 2016 call - Shea Patterson. The No. 1 overall quarterback prospect in the 2016 class in Shea Patterson. Patterson grew up near Ann Arbor and has several family ties to the area, including family friends that are big time Michigan fans and season ticket holders. Patterson expressed interest in the Wolverines prior to accepting a commitment from Messiah deWeaver, with Harbaugh now in place, it only makes sense to place a call to Patterson again, right?

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