That hire seems a bit fishy, Michigan

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh smiles during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. Michigan plays Florida State in the Orange Bowl Friday. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Michigan hired the father of a future No. 1 QB recruit.

The story:

The Michigan football coach apparently is hiring a California high school coach — whose son happens to be an elite quarterback prospect in the 2019 recruiting class.

Michael Johnson, the coach at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif., is resigning to work for U-M, according to a tweet from the school.




His son Michael Johnson Jr. is a four-star dual-threat quarterback — the nation’s No. 1-ranked player at his position, according to 247Sports. The younger Johnson is listed at 6-feet-3 and 175 pounds and runs a 4.68 40-yard dash.

The elder Johnson has extensive coaching experience, including at Oregon State in the late 1990s and as UCLA’s offensive coordinator and interim head coach in 2011. Johnson worked as an offensive assistant in the NFL in 2000-10, including with the San Francisco 49ers before Harbaugh was hired in 2011. He played in the CFL and Arena Football League.



Been there done that:

Harbaugh’s made similar moves before. He hired Paramus Catholic (N.J.) head coach Chris Partridge to his staff in January 2015, and Partridge became a key player in the Wolverines’ landing of five-star PC defensive tackle Rashan Gary in 2016 and four-star linebacker Drew Singleton in 2017.

After signing four-star safety Devin Bush Jr. in 2016, Harbaugh announced he was adding his father, Devin Bush Sr., as an analyst. Bush Sr. was also a high school coach.


Votes and proposals:

The NCAA is scheduled to vote later this spring, though, on whether or not it’ll allow Football Bowl Subdivision coaching staffs to add another on-field assistant — bringing the number to 10.

There also is an NCAA proposal that would ban college teams from hiring high school coaches of prospective student-athletes “during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment” to fill a “nonfootball coaching” role.

What do you think? Should there be a recruiting rule preventing that type of hire?

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