With Jim Harbaugh’s first season complete at Michigan and the staff closing in on signing day 2016, the 2017 class is beginning to garner more attention.
The latest offer sent out by the Wolverines in the soon to be senior class is Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones junior safety A.J. Harris.
“My dad is great friends with one of the alumni that used to play football for Michigan and he got the link to my hudl and showed it to Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley,” Harris told The Michigan Insider.
“He really liked what he saw and offered me. My dad spoke with him. When I heard, I was happy and felt blessed because without him none of this would be possible so it's a blessing to be wanted by such a great school.”
The 6-foot-0, 174-pound defensive back is an early four-star according to Scout, holding offers from Alabama, Air Force, Florida State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and now, Michigan.
With his recent offer coming from the Wolverines, Harris has already done some homework on the program and University up in Ann Arbor.
“I am very interested from my research of the school,” said Harris. “They have a great engineering program and that's what I look at first because sports won't last forever but what I learn in the classroom will. Yeah, I would visit in the future.”
One aspect Harris is very aware and fond of with Michigan is their headman Jim Harbaugh and the job he did going 10-3 with a bowl victory in year one.
“He really set a great stage for himself,” said Harris. “He doesn't just care about winning games, but he cares about his team and faculty as a whole and that's one great factor about him.”
With Signing Day 2017 just a blip on the radar, Harris is in no rush to make a decision, but plans on narrowing down his list of suitors soon and the Wolverines are in position to make the cut.
“No, I don't have a top (list) at the moment but it will be coming very soon,” said Harris. “80-percent chance (Michigan makes the top list).”