Doug Nussmeier spent the last two seasons as Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. (Steve Perez / Detroit News)
Ann Arbor — New Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is known to be a very strong recruiter, but because the Wolverines’ 2014 freshman class was essentially locked in last fall, his focus has been on the future.
Jeff Hecklinski, Michigan’s receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, said Wednesday, during the first day of the national signing period, that some recruits had questions after former offensive coordinator Al Borges was fired and Nussmeier was hired. Nussmeier spent the last two seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“There were a lot of fair questions that were asked when that happened,” Hecklinski said.
He said Nussmeier’s resume, and his energy and enthusiasm, were “very calming” to the recruits. Michigan signed 16 players on Wednesday.
And while Nussmeier, because of the timing of his hire, didn’t have much of a hand in this class, he’s already influenced recruiting at Michigan.
“You’re bringing a man with a tremendous amount of resources, and we’re adding to the resources that we already have,” Hecklinski said. “He’s going to open up doors. He’s got different perspectives, different ideas. With Alabama, (coach) Nick Saban, you have a tremendous recruiting machine there. He was with Steve Sarkisian at Washington, who’s a tremendous recruiting machine.
“We have a very good recruiting machine going right now, so you’re bringing all those experiences in, you’re bringing all those ideas, you’re bringing all those perspectives in, so we’re changing. If you’re not changing in this game, you’re falling behind.”
Hecklinski said Michigan has been open to the changes Nussmeier brought in terms of recruiting strategies and targeting.
“This is an evolving game, and if we’re not evolving with the game and trying to stay ahead and trying to stay current, then you fall behind because somebody else is going to leapfrog you,” Hecklinski said. “So Doug has added to that and been very positive in that. People know who he is. That’s a very positive thing.”