Michigan hired the father of a future No. 1 QB recruit.
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.
Head football coach Michael Johnson has resigned and is taking a position on staff at the University of Michigan. Good luck coach!! #GoBlue
— TKA Athletics (@TKA_Athletics) February 13, 2017
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.
Jim Harbaugh has hired another parent of a top recruit.
Lesson learned: If you can't win them over right away, just hire their parents.
— Spartan Avenue (@SpartanAvenueFS) February 13, 2017
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.
Jim Harbaugh has now hired at least 5 "Coaches" to help him land these players. Not sure how anyone views him as a legitimate recruiter. pic.twitter.com/YzZVVaWUAu
— BuckeyesNews (@BuckeyesNews) February 13, 2017
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?