Friday night, Jim Harbaugh spent part of his bye week in the Bay Area at Antioch High School, where he announced the homecoming queen.
.@CoachJim4UM, in town to see 5-star RB Najee Harris, announces homecoming queen at Antioch High: pic.twitter.com/fZ9zoyuxXE— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) October 15, 2016
Can you believe Harbaugh flew all the way to California just to do that? Heck of a guy. He even wore local colors, which are similar to his own current local colors.
.@CoachJim4UM trades his Michigan gear for Antioch cap and sweatshirt, as he chats with principal Louie Rocha pic.twitter.com/JFC1OwCr80— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) October 15, 2016
You won’t believe this, but it just so happens that Antioch is also the home of the country’s No. 1 recruit, Alabama commit Najee Harris, a 6’3, 226-pound running back.
This also happened at a different high school, which happens to house Michigan offensive line target Popo Aumavae.
Look who our photographer @rayinaction ran into at the St. Mary's / El Cerrito high school football game. (More video to come.) pic.twitter.com/LM7swaZ03R— Mercury News (@mercnews) October 15, 2016
This is standard weird Harbaugh recruiting behavior, and Harris has approved of weird Harbaugh before.
When Harris walked into the office, Harbaugh animatedly declared, “You’re a beautiful young man!” The room burst into laughter. He subsequently told Harris he should pursue a career in movies.
“It was kind of funny how he said it,” Antioch head coach John Lucido says. “It made Najee comfortable and kind of broke the ice with everybody.”
Even if Harris doesn’t end up in Ann Arbor, he’s become a Harbaugh fan.
“He’s dope,” Harris says. “Everybody thinks he’s weird, but he’s not weird. I like him a lot. He’s a funny dude. He’s cool.”
This is the second year in a row Harbaugh’s gotten involved in normal school stuff at the home of the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Last year, he gave the commencement address at the high school that just happened to produce 2016 No. 1 recruit, Michigan signee Rashan Gary.