Jim Harbaugh reveals donors who funded U-M tripS.
Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press
Michigan football’s trip to Paris last week was a fine opportunity for current players to embrace a foreign culture as a unit.
And Jim Harbaugh got some recruiting in along the way.
Kelvin Hicks, the father of 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks from Wichita, Kan., shared a postcard that he says Harbaugh sent his son from Paris during Michigan’s trip abroad.
The postcard, in part, reads:
“Marcus, (I) hope you’re doing well. This is Coach Harbaugh. I’m sending you a postcard from our team trip to France. It’s been awesome and I hope you can join us on our future trips. Good luck preparing for your season.”
Hicks is considering offers from Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and a slew of other schools.
This does not break any NCAA rules, as Michigan’s trip to Paris landed during an evaluation period. During those times, coaches can maintain contact with recruits through written or telephone/electronic communication as well as make visits to their high schools.
There can’t be any face-to-face contact during these periods, but in this case, Harbaugh was more than 3,000 miles away.
U-M also landed a commitment during its trip overseas as the Wolverines got a pledge from 3-star Paw Paw offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart while Harbaugh and offensive line coach Ed Warinner were in France.
Harbaugh made a point of saying Michigan’s overseas trip will remain a staple of his program moving forward.
The Wolverines are considering several options for next spring, including Cuba, South Africa, Greece and Spain.
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