This was projected to only be a 15 man class tops for Michigan. There is a much bigger picture at play here than a few recruits. I would take an empty class if it meant Harbaugh.
Saban could get half of Detroit for the money that was spent on his house by the 'Bama boosters.
I don't think the NCAA and NFL have a deal in place where they honour contracts to each other. Guys do it all the time. Saban and Pitino come to mind off the top of my head. Also, the 49ers have very little leverage to make a deal. For one, it is common knowledge that Harbaugh has been clashing with management and it was highly unlikely they would even have him back next year if the Michigan job wasn't on the table and two, no team is going to trade anything to them for a coach that is possibly (likely?) leaving for college.
You have some pretty high standards if you think 3 straight NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance qualifies as 1 good season.
What do the 49ers have to do with it? Unless his contract has specific wording about leaving for college (which NFL coaching contracts don't typically have) then there is nothing they can do. If they fire him he can go. If they trade him, he can just quit and go to Ann Arbor. The 49ers have very little, if any say in where he goes.
How many Inspiring pro-style candidates are out there? It's literally Harbaugh and that's it.
His name has been thrown out as an attractive candidate for Michigan. After Harbaugh and Mullen, he'd be my next choice there. A reasonably young, progressive offensive mind, with a penchant for great recruiting all while coming from your number 1 competitor (in theory anyways). Yes please.
Here's his application: http://deadspin.com/heres-jim-tressels-application-to-be-u-of-akron-pres-1549066107
Seems like a rather huge oversight that they would not redact his home address, home phone, and mobile phone numbers. You should probably text him your support, and maybe ask him some questions about the '02 team and Clarett. (Please don't do this).
The real tragedy here is that you think having a better chance at the NFL is his way out. The odds are so small, even for scholarship athletes of doing so. Wouldn't the smart play be to take the best education you can get and support your family that way?
Sorry, don't follow recruiting too closely, how many spots does OSU have for the 2014 class. Must be getting near capacity. Where does that leave the Glenville duo of Lattimore and Smith as well as Raekwon? I assume all are must takes and attrition will get you under? Any other targets likely at this point?
do they rank more 4* than anyone else? It looks like OSU (barely) and Minnesota are the only teams that ESPN is lower than the average. Maybe they have better scouting in the midwest?
Probably Jeremy Gallon would be the best comparison now that I think of it. Extremely quick, but not a burner, excellent at high-pointing the ball and overall athleticism.
Does Drew Dileo (UM) work as a comparable player for Berrios?
Muahahhaha. Keep your friends close....
The whole concept of 'letting' your children go to any school, especially one with a reputation such as Michigan seems very strange. Do you really take yourself so seriously that you are going to impose your desires on to your children? Attempting to control where they go will only serve to promote resentment in them. The whole 'you have to pay if you go there' is absolutely laughable. Please tell me you are joking. If not, it's probably best you send them down to some SEC school to get an education with those cooler poopers.
Foster is a consensus 5*, I doubt he would simply be using OSU to leverage another big time offer. He really wouldn't need to do so, there are plenty of programs that would take his talent regardless of off-field/grade issues (think ESS EEE CEE).
You are missing the best part of the article. The footnotes about claiming to have stories about drugs, gambling, improper benefits etc...but that they chose not to publish them. Like that is their moral high ground. The mere fact that they bring it up without evidence or context as a way to justify publishing the 'middle ground' seems laughable.
Oh yeah, also the author being 'Chatsports staff' rather than attributing it to anyone in particular is a nice moment as well.