ANN ARBOR, Mich. – If you commit early to Michigan, you have certain standards to follow or you might now end up a Wolverine, says U-M coach Jim Harbaugh, who addressed U-M’s recent “process” of dropping players late from its 2016 class today after his National Signing Day event.
“The early commitments and what it entails,” Harbaugh said. “It entails to keep getting better, to perform in the classroom, to perform on the field, to perform as a good citizen. Also, part of that process is to let them know, you need to keep your grade point up. You need to re-take a test. You need to play better on the field. Certainly never includes somebody who is injured. That’s something that is out their control."
Adding: “Will continue to do a good job of letting them know where they are at, being honest.”
Furhtermore, Harabugh says he explains to each early commitment that his scholarship could be taken if he doesn’t meet his requirements.
“Yes, that’s what we do, that’s we have done, that’s what we will continue to do,” Harbaugh said.
For example, two of Harbaugh's former recruits Erik Swenson and Rashad Weaver, both found out late in the process that would not be parts of U-M’s 2016 class.
However, Harbuagh says he has no plans to apologize for past actions and is moving forward with his process.
“Like anything, we want to be better today than we were yesterday, better tomorrow than we were today” Harbaugh said. “I can say this, we did our best. There were mistakes made. I take full accountability for them. But I don’t apologize and we will keep forging on.”
Currently, Michigan has the No. 6 ranked class with 29 commitments overall.
“We’ve said, we’re out there looking for nuggets of gold,” Harbaugh said. “Bring the best and brightest to the University of Michigan. That will remain our objective.”