ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Earlier this week, Donovan Jeter announced his verbal commitment to the Michigan football program, and emphasized his connection with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh as one of the reasons he chose Michigan.
Jeter, a four-star defensive lineman from Beaver Falls, Pa., told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Harbaugh “might be the coolest dude I ever met in my life.”
“He doesn’t act like he’s important. … He’s real down to earth and humble,” Jeter said. “He’s easy to talk to. Talking to (Notre Dame coach) Brian Kelly wasn’t fun. It wasn’t cool. You have to make an appointment just to go to his office. Coach Harbaugh has an open-door policy. Every one of Michigan’s coaches has an open-door policy.”
Jeter later apologized for his comments regarding Kelly.
I wanna apologize about the comments made about Brian Kelly.. he did nothing but offer me a chance to play great and get a great education.
— Donovan Jeter (@__5god__) October 24, 2016
Thursday morning on his weekly radio appearance on Detroit’s WXYT-97.1 “Jamie and Stoney” show, Harbaugh was asked about Jeter’s comments — without anyone naming names, because coaches are not allowed to discuss recruits until after they have signed a national letter of intent, per NCAA guidelines.
What, the hosts asked, makes Jim Harbaugh cool?
“Usually, I don’t make a great first impression, but I do grow on people after a while,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes, you hit it off right off the bat and … it’s … we’ve … I’ve made friends right off the bat here lately. It’s been a good feeling.
“The best kind of love is when you love somebody and they love you back. That’s truly the best. Love at first sight, too, when you hit it off right off the bat.
“Maybe that’s the absolute best kind of love.”