BOCA RATON, Fla. — Michigan’s 10-day window to attend satellite camps continued Monday in South Florida.
After working at camps in Georgia and Virginia on Sunday, third-year coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff arrived around 3 p.m. Monday at the Tom Oxley Athletic Center to work with Lane Kiffin’s staff at Florida Atlantic University.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t mind the rain
The overwhelming humidity and the rain didn’t bother Harbaugh. In fact, he dressed for the occasion, exactly how he does for almost every other occasion that involves coaching football.
Harbaugh arrived at Florida Atlantic wearing his requisite khaki pants, navy-blue pullover and black cleats. The weather went from a drizzle to a steady rain, which forced Harbaugh to don a plastic poncho as he worked with quarterbacks and receivers in drills.
Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, meanwhile, wasn’t a fan of the wet weather, which he said limited his ability to scout players.
“I don’t do rain every well,” Kiffin quipped. “[Oregon coach] Willie Taggart brought that down.”
More praise for Jim Harbaugh
Kiffin didn’t mince words when discussing Harbaugh, and he praised his outside-the-box way of thinking.
“I like him because he doesn’t care what you guys think,” Kiffin said. “Or what anybody thinks. He’s always done what is in the best interests of his program, which, to me, is what you’re hired to do.”
Harbaugh drew parallels between himself and Kiffin.
“I know Lane some,” Harbaugh said. “We coached together in the Pac-12, so we’re both coaches. We both played quarterback in college. We’re all in the same profession. That’s the biggest connector. We’re just coaching our teams. That’s a lot. That’s enough. That’s what you do as a football coach.”
A quick trip south
Quarterback Joe Milton, a 2018 Michigan commit, made a last-second decision to travel to the camp. Actually, his mother made the decision early Monday morning to go to the camp in Boca Raton, which drew at least 450 players from across the state.
“I found out at 6:30 this morning, because my mom told me,” Milton said of his decision to attend the camp. “I was coming back from [Los Angeles]. She called me before I got on the plane in L.A., and told me, ‘Just get ready for the morning.’ This morning, she told me, ‘Get ready to go to the camp.’ ”
Milton, a 4-star quarterback from Olympia High School in Orlando, verbally committed to Michigan on May 7. He participated in the Elite 11 finals this past weekend in Southern California, but he did not make the top tier of the competition, which featured 24 of the nation’s top 2018 quarterbacks.
Brady Hoke looking fit in orange
Brady Hoke coached at Michigan from 2011-14. After spending last year as Oregon’s defensive coordinator, he joined Butch Jones’ staff at Tennessee as its associate head coach and defensive line coach in February.
Hoke, who has slimmed down considerably since he coached at Michigan, was in Boca Raton on Monday, as members of Tennessee’s staff participated in the satellite camp. Kiffin was Tennessee’s head coach in 2009.
“I’ve got great respect for their staff at Tennessee and always had great things to say about our time there at Tennessee,” Kiffin said. “So there was no reason to not let them come.”
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Hoke turned down interview requests from Land of 10 and SEC Country, but here’s more from SEC Country on Kiffin hosting Tennessee’s coaches.
Never too early to plan
FOX Sports reported that Kiffin recently made scholarship offers to a pair of middle-school students: Pierce Clarkson, the son of quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson and a part of the 2023 class, and Kaden Martin, the son of USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and a part of the 2022 class.
“I can’t comment on any of that,” Kiffin said, with a wry smile. “You’re really just trying to get me in big trouble. … If someone’s not in high school, I’m still not going to comment.”
When Kiffin coached at Southern Cal, he offered then-eighth grade quarterback David Sills a scholarship in 2010. Sills is now a wide receiver at West Virginia.
Harbaugh has gotten ambitious in his recruiting, as well. During a satellite-camp visit to Hawaii last summer, Harbaugh offered a scholarship to quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava, an eighth-grader.