One of the prospects on the receiving end of a great deal of personal attention from Jim Harbaugh lately is Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton junior athlete and Sione Heimuli-Lund. Despite being committed to the Stanford, the talented ball carrier is definitely excited by the ongoing interest.
“I heard from Michigan in Coach Harbaugh (earlier this month),” Heimuli-Lund told The Michigan Insider. “He was just checking in to see how I’m doing and checked in to see if I can make it to camp or maybe this spring.”
A week later, Heimuli-Lund felt the love again when a trio of Wolverine coaches talked to him and let him know where he stands on their priority list.
“It just a great talk with them,” said Heimuli-Lund. “They just said they're going to continue recruiting me hard and I just had the opportunity to finally talk to (running backs) Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley on the phone and he just said that he loved my film and everything that I do as a back. They just said I was a top priority to them and that signing day is a long ways away, so they'll continue to recruit me. So I just got to catch up with all of them and meet (Director of Player Personnel) Coach (Tony) Tuioti and Coach Wheatley on the phone and get to know them better.”
“That makes me feel good to hear them say I’m a top priority because that's Coach Jim Harbaugh along with the other great coaches, so it's just pretty awesome to hear that from that staff and university. Without a doubt, it's got me fired up.”
The 6-0, 225-pounder's maintains that Michigan is a viable option for him and he hopes to get a better feel for the Maize & Blue in the no too distant future.
“I’m trying to make it up for spring,” said Heimuli-Lund. “Oh without a doubt! I’m trying to get out there! I am really interested in Michigan still. I’m committed, but I have to keep an open mind and just keep my options available as well.”
One major reason why his interest hasn’t faded away is because of the opportunity to learn and suit up for Coach Harbaugh.
“The program speaks for itself and I just see myself as a good fit there,” said Heimuli-Lund. “It’s not often that you get the opportunity and chance to be able to get coached by Coach Harbaugh! I think he’s a great guy and nothing less than that. That’s a god of football. He’s been nothing but great while recruiting me!”
Heimuli-Lund also hopes to see UCLA and Nebraska this spring as well