Jim Harbaugh is sort of like Ann Arbor’s Santa Claus. And its mayor. A lot of fans even call him “dad.” But, at the end of the day, he’s just like many of you on Christmas morning. He wakes up to presents under the tree.
But, what if there’s a present under his tree that resembles the presents Michigan assistant Chris Partridge was referring to in this cryptic tweet?
— Chris Partridge (@CoachCPartridge) December 24, 2016
Each train signifies a recruit that committed to Michigan in December. And in chronological order. Beginning with Ambry Thomas, and ending with the black and gold present under the tree representing Drew Singleton. But there is a present lurking in the shadows in the background, one that has left all of us with one question: What color is the present when it comes out of the shadow? Is it black-and-gold like 5-star (247Composite rankings) RB Najee Harris’ Antioch high school’s colors? Could it be orange-and-black like 4-star OT Chuck Filiaga’s Adelo high school? Maybe, just maybe, it’s black-and-red like 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon’s Lee County high school.
Any of those colors lurking in the shadows would be a big-time get for Michigan.
But, there’s something about the phrase above the train that maybe, just maybe, holds a clue to that present underneath Harbaugh’s tree.
The words read “How The Grinch stole Christmas.” Now, the word “stole” holds a lot of significance here. Of Michigan’s targets left, only one is committed elsewhere, and that’s Harris – committed to Alabama. The only way for Michigan to have stolen something would be to steal Harris from the Crimson Tide.
Not only is that a potential theory behind that image, it’s also qualifies as the best recruiting present Harbaugh could receive on the green-and-red holiday.
Harris more than a game-changer, he’s a program-changer. And here are seven broken tackle reasons why.
Harris is the No. 1 player in the country, and there shouldn’t be much of an argument there. He lacks some top-end speed, but you can make a guy faster. You can’t teach him to do the elusive, unbelievable at times, balance that Harris brings as the most exciting running back prospect since Leonard Fournette.
So, the man that wears khakis – who undoubtedly gets as excited for Christmas as he did as a kid –is hoping Santa brings him one thing for the second year in a row: The nation’s No. 1 prospect. And this time, it’s Harris.
We will know Harris’ fate soon, as he is an early enrollee. He’s expected to announce in some capacity, likely at the U.S. Army Bowl Game on Jan. 7. But he very well may not announce anything, and just show up for classes.
Regardless, the clock is ticking, and Harbaugh will hope that Christmas comes twice this season when Harris announces.