Recruiting: Harbaugh impresses high school coaches

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Lansing — John Herrington was among the hundreds of coaches who attended the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Winner's Circle Clinic on Friday at the Lansing Center.

The state's winningest active coach (411 wins, 13 state titles) had the chance to listen to new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh during the morning session, less than 24 hours after Harbaugh made a trip to Farmington Hills Harrison to visit with teachers, players and coaches.

"He came in and got to know everybody," Herrington said. "He talked to a lot of our teachers. ... Everybody jumped up and wanted pictures. I felt good that he came around."

Herrington got a half dozen players out of class to meet Harbaugh, including 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior defensive tackle Khalid Kareem, who has received 20 offers, Oregon, Michigan State and Miami among them.

"I think (Harbaugh will) relate to recruits real well," Herrington said. "All the kids want to go to the pros and they think he'll be a route to get there. He's played in the pros, coached in the pros."

When asked what impressed him about Harbaugh most, Herrington replied: "I think the fact he'd come back to college and throw himself back in the recruiting thing."

Herrington has 10 players headed to play at Division 1 or 2 schools.

West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy, who played at Michigan, believes Harbaugh will take the Wolverines to an elite level — right away.

"He understands what it's all about," Bellamy said. "Sometimes it doesn't take long (to be a contender). It's just a matter of motivation, getting the guys to commit to what you want them to do."

Madison Heights Madison coach Drake Wilkins was working the registration desk when Harbaugh took the stage for his talk.

"Everyone in the clinic stopped what they were doing," he said.

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Bellamy said defensive end Eddy Wilson (Bowling Green) made an official visit to Purdue on Friday and had a visit scheduled for Iowa next week.

"Part of the plan was if he takes those trips, then (Purdue and Iowa) need to extend the offer to him," Bellamy said.

He also said receiver/running back Michael King was visiting Ferris State and likely was ready to decommit from Saginaw Valley State.

... Harrison teammates Devon Shaw (cornerback) and Michael Ojemudia (linebacker) received offers from Eastern Michigan, but Shaw's offer has been rescinded and Ojemudia is being heavily recruited by Iowa and Indiana.