Recruits Give Harbaugh Hire Positive Review

Multiple 2016 & 2017 top prospects react to the hiring of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Recruits have spoken and it’s clear – Jim Harbaugh is making a difference – with many top prospects showing interest in Michigan after the hiring of Harbaugh as its coach earlier this week.

The overwhelming responses has been positive, with many of them wanting to take a visit to get to know U-M’s newest head man.

“That was a huge hire,” said four-star 2016 running back Robert Washington. “I think he's the coach that can bring Michigan back to dominance. Yes, without questions I will be back up there.”

Washington, who holds a U-M offer and stars for Huntsville (N.C.) Southlake Christian Academy, went on to say.

“I will have to talk to the new coaches and then set something up,” Washington said. “I always had high interest in Michigan but now this hire has got me very intrigued.”

Fellow offered four-star 2016 running back Kentrail Moran, who plays for O’fallon (Ill.), stayed with the positive trend for U-M’s newest hire.

“He’s a great. I will be visiting soon,” Moran said.

Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban 2017 four-star RB Todd Sibley said: “Well it's definitely something special now that Harbaugh is in Michigan. I'm much more interested in Michigan and what they will bring into the future. Definitely hoping I can visit sometime soon -- that would awesome.”

“It's very exciting,” said Ali’i Niumatalolo, a 2016 linebacker who stars at Annapolis (Md.) Broadneck High. “He brought up Stanford then the San Francisco 49ers and he's going to bring back Michigan. I will definitely visit.”

Scout’s No. 1 2016 offensive guard Ben Bredeson said: “I am really excited that he’s coming and it’s great for Michigan to land him as their coach. He’s going to do a great job there.”

Harbaugh praise continued from local standout 2017 wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who stars for Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech.

“I think it’s going to be real good for the program,” Peoples-Jones said. “They were looking for a little bit of a turnaround and I think he’ll be come in there and turn things around successfully.”

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