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MSU fans welcome Harbaugh on visit to recruit

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was greeted in a special way by Michigan State fans when he apparently made his way to the home of Quinn Nordin, the nation’s No. 1 kicker, who lives in Rockford.

Nordin is a Penn State commitment who Harbaugh is trying to flip. The first day of the national signing period for football recruits is Feb. 3.

Harbaugh on his Twitter page Friday morning posted a photo with a special sign just for him apparently in Nordin’s neighborhood. The sign read: “Welcome Coach Harbaugh!” and included Michigan State’s winning score against Michigan from the 2015 game, a block “S” and a “Go Green, Go White!”

He gave the Spartan fans credit for their strong effort. “I Respect the preparation! #GoBlue!” he wrote.

Harbaugh reportedly was supposed to kick off the recruiting period — which reopened Thursday — by making a well-publicized stay at Nordin’s home at 12:01 am. But apparently Harbaugh paid the overnight visit last night, according to former Michigan coach Brandon Kornblue, Nordin’s kicking coach.

Just before midnight, Kornblue, who runs Kornblue Kicking, posted on Twitter that the visit was taking place.

Per his Twitter: “Harbaugh sleepover w/ the #Fab50’s #1 2016 kicker @QuinnNordin is on schedule. Most unique recruiting strategy ever will commence shortly.”

Whether Harbaugh did spend the night has not been confirmed.

Nordin posted a photo of him with Harbaugh and a woman at Rockford High on Twitter on Friday morning. He wrote: “Had fun at Rockford high today”.

He told The Detroit News on Wednesday that while he is committed to Penn State, he’s having fun with this late push from Harbaugh.

“My parents think it’s funny,” Nordin said. “You gotta have fun with it, you can’t take everything for granted. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“Some of this stuff, you never think it’s going to happen in a million years, but I’m rolling with it. I’ll be able to tell my friends and kids that I had a sleepover with Coach Harbaugh.”