Jim Harbaugh has another creative idea as he tries to rebuild Michigan into a national power, and it could affect how he competes with the SEC for top recruits in the South.
Harbaugh would like to hold a portion of Michigan’s 2016 spring practices in Florida at IMG Academy in Bradenton, according to Mark Bradley of the Detroit Free-Press.
It is an intriguing idea, but how such a bold move could benefit Michigan remains to be seen. At a minimum, it would be a nice recruiting tool against other Northern-based schools, giving Michigan players a spring vacation to Florida and a reprieve from winter.
The practices would likely to take place during a quiet period for NCAA recruiting, which is from early February to mid-April in 2016. That would severely limit any contact Harbaugh or his coaching staff could have with potential recruits, either from IMG Academy or other Florida high schools.
Recruits are allowed to visit campuses during this period and attend spring practices, but how the NCAA would react to Michigan’s “campus” being 1,200 miles from Ann Arbor and located at one of the most fertile high schools for football recruits in the nation would be something to monitor.
It’s possible this would just be a reward for his current players, but it could also be another ingenious idea from Harbaugh, like his satellite camps from this past summer, and improve his ability to reach players in the South.