With two days until the early signing period begins, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he has negotiated with the recruits about the status of his contract, which is without a resolution on an extension.
Harborg has one year left on its current deal, but the extension of an agreement without a deal is mentioned by Harbaug and athletic director Warde Manuel.
“Yes, that raises the question and I tell them that my plan is, (I’m) committed to Michigan,” Harbag said. “I have been, have been and will remain. Verde and I will speak at the end of the season on the current contract and that is the truth. That is where it stands.”
Wolverine has not lost any commitment to uncertainty, but raising any questions about the future opens the door for other schools to try to take advantage of the situation.
ESPN 300 linebacker Jayden Hood told ESPN on Monday that he plans to wait to sign his National Letter of Intent and will not sign this week. He has discussed Harbag’s contract with employees, but still has plans to wait.
“All my conversations about this, he has told me that he is not going anywhere,” Hood said.
ESPN 300 quarterback JJ McCarthy’s highest-ranked recruit in the class confirmed his commitment to ESPN and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the class that he plans to sign on Wednesday.
Asked last week how this could impact recruitment, Manuel told reporters that negative recruiting is not unique to the position and that he and Harboff would join their program to talk after the season ended.
The season will end later this weekend when Michigan plays Iowa.
The Wolverines had to cancel their game against Ohio State this past weekend due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests, but Harbag said the team practiced on Sundays and planned to practice Monday and the remainder of the week Has been
“There was a good, enthusiastic practice, really impressed with our players. There was a lot of energy, a lot of excitement,” Harbagh said. “Even this morning. Good workout in the weight room, practicing today. How proud I can really be for the players, coaches who have been an inspiration to me, really to me as well.”
Harbaugh acknowledged that it is difficult in this climate to make decisions about the future, that everything is day-to-day and the team’s position can change.
But he says that, now, the team will be ready to play Iowa on Saturday.