The lifeblood of recruiting is relationship building. Also, as part of that, we only see snippets of what is going on in this world thanks to social media, which means we get a whole lot of fragments of the process outside of context. The biggest example of this is the tree climbing incident earlier in the week. With just the knowledge that Harbaugh climbed a tree, people let their imaginations run wild with whatever crazy idea they thought he was doing. The true context of the situation was that he and the recruit were playing catch and the ball got stuck in the tree. So Harbaugh climbed the tree to get it out. That isn't even crazy, but that also doesn't draw page clicks. We all have heard the stories about Bo and Woody, but that is the thing, we get the whole story. Just imagine what we would be saying if we only got essentially a snapshot of some of those stories out of context. It is quite possible we would think Bo and Woody were equally crazy.
Here is a little take just from my perception, and maybe just to contrast Harbaugh and Meyer a little bit. Try to think about the last time you saw anything from a buckeye recruit that seemed to be from a spontaneous interaction with Meyer and the Buckeye staff. I don't think I can find anything besides pictures that they have posed for. I don't think you see anything, which maybe means when they are with the recruit, they discourage the posts and pictures during the "real" moments, allowing them to control their image. Now you have Harbaugh, who is unabashed about who he is and doesn't care what people think. He is who he is, so from appearance, he doesn't care if the recruits pull their phones out and put posts on social media when he is there. So we get those snippets of the interaction, but we don't get the context. Much like the tree climbing incident. That is my take, because I never believe we get the whole story, as we probably shouldn't. If a recruits parents trust him and like him, since they have met him and actually interacted with him, as a person that hasn't met him, and as a parent that is very guarded with who interacts with my kids, I just trust that they have a better handle on the situation than I do. If they trust him from that, I think it is safe to ignore some out of context and over sensationalized snippets of his recruiting process. My take is, Jim Harbaugh doesn't care what you and I think, because he's comfortable with who he is.