ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh drives a reasonable bargain.
When he went to California this weekend on recruiting visits, he not only courted several prospects — including Najee Harris, the No. 1 running back in the country — also helped out on high school sidelines the next day.
At Antioch (Calif.) High School — where Harris is a senior — he announced Tatiana Mendez as its homecoming queen Friday night.
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The next day, he helped with the down markers at the St. Mary’s-El Cerrito game.
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Harbaugh’s services were part of a nominal transaction.
“The chain gang?” Harbaugh asked Monday. “They needed a guy. I was promised a tri-tip steak sandwich at halftime, that was all I needed to hear.”
This wasn’t Harbaugh’s first time working the chains.
“I got called into duty, a few other times as a parent,” Harbaugh said, grinning.