Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's sleepover with Trent Murphy's family

Don't sleep on Jim Harbaugh's unique approach with recruiting.. Redskins LB Trent Murphy's family is involved with the process.

Jim Harbaugh took the recruiting process to new heights in Southern California on Monday with a tree-climbing display. On Tuesday, the Michigan football coach showed never-before-seen levels of chill with a sleepover hosted by the family of Redskins’ linebacker Trent Murphy. 

Harbaugh recruited the second-year linebacker at Stanford several years back. Now the target is Murphy's younger brother, Connor, a four-star defensive end prospect.

The family certainly knows the coach and vice versa, which meant lodging logistics may have been the trickiest part of the evening.  

“To be honest, I’m not sure where he is going to sleep yet,” the younger Murphy said Tuesdayaccording to the Los Angeles Times. “It should be fun.”


Clearly the coach had no issue with the backyard activity.


On Monday, for one reason or another, Harbaugh scaled a tree in the front yard of four-star cornerback prospect David Long.


Earlier on Tuesday,the coach attended a high-school world-religion class with four-star defensive tackle prospect Boss Tagaloa. Then came the Murrphy's.


Standing two inches taller than his older brother, the 6-foot-7, 250-pound senior out of Brophy Preparatory in Phoenix is considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the country. Connor Murphy isalso being courted by Alabama, Oregon and Southern California among others.

It will be Harbaugh playing host to Murphy when he visits Michigan this weekend. It won’t be until signing day on Feb. 3 that Harbaugh will find out if the slumber party pays off.

Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @danrothdc.

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