Harbaugh Shares Staff News & More w/ Swenson

U-M commit Erik Swenson talked with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time on Saturday and was given some major news on Michigan's strength & conditoning coach, Mike Weber, and more.

First impressions can mean everything in a player-coach relationship. They are specifically crucial in the recruitment of any player.

So naturally, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has attempted to get to know his current commits during his first week on the job.

On Saturday, Harbaugh reached to U-M 2016 four-star offensive tackle commit Erik Swenson. And after a phone conversation that lasted nearly 30 minutes, the two of them have better understating of each other and what they want to accomplish at Michigan.

“It went very well,” Swenson said. “And he just wanted to get to know me, because we never met before. He just wanted to know what I was about and what I thought about Michigan football. He wanted to get to know me and to get me to come up for a visit sometime soon.”

Swenson, who stars for Downers Grove (Ill.) South, continued to talk about his future head coach.

“He’s a very easy going guy,” Swenson said of Harbaugh. “He sounded so tired. You can tell he’s been up forever. I’m sure he doesn’t sleep in Ann Arbor nowadays. He kind of went over what he thought about football. He’s put a lot of guys in the league. And he just wanted to give his output on he could make me a better football player and make us into a better football team.”

Harbaugh coached at Stanford from 2007-10. Swenson said Harbaugh told him he is bringing in numerous assistants from his former school, including Stanford’s current strength & conditioning coach Shannon Turley. Which Scout.com has confirmed.

“He’s bringing in a lot of guys from Stanford actually,” Swenson said.

Harbaugh also asked Swenson about current Ohio State commit Mike Weber, which indicates Harbaugh is making it a top priority get the Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech star back at Michigan.

“I think he’s talking to him today or maybe already may have talked to him today – I’m not sure,” Swenson said. “I think there was word of him trying to reach out to him after the U.S. All-American [Bowl].”

In the meantime, Swenson says his next plan is to get back up to campus to meet Harbaugh for the first time face-to-face.

“I think he said he wanted me to wait a little bit till the press dies down [to visit],” Swenson said. “Then maybe got to a basketball game and sit with all the recruits. He really didn’t say a specific date. Maybe within a month or so.”


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