Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh will be calling on some heavy hitters to celebrate this year's national signing day.
According to Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg, Tom Brady and Derek Jeter will be in attendance in Ann Arbor for the school's signing day party on Feb. 3. The Players' Tribune confirmed the report.
Alejandro Zuniga of SB Nation's Maize N Brew highlighted how star-studded the party is becoming:
Alejandro Zúñiga @ByAZuniga
The current celebrity guest list for Michigan's Signing of the Stars. Every event is bigger with Jim Harbaugh. https://t.co/zYG9Gq6cuk1/31/2016, 9:34:33 PM
Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel thought this stunt fit right in with Michigan's recent approach to appeal to recruits:
Pete Thamel @SIPeteThamel
Is there an opposite of subtle? That's Michigan under Harbaugh. https://t.co/jhTpv4BKbG1/31/2016, 9:10:51 PM
Brady is one of Michigan football's most famous alumni. He was a member of the Wolverines' national championship-winning team in 1997 and helped lead the team to an Orange Bowl win over Alabama in the 1999 season.
Since graduating from the school, Brady has become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, winning four Super Bowls and two MVP awards.
Jeter doesn't have the same kind of deep ties to the university, but he graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and was offered a scholarship to Michigan before he ultimately entered the MLB draft out of high school.
The former New York Yankees shortstop also has a stake in the event, as the Players' Tribune, which he founded, is hosting a live stream of Michigan's NSD party.
Since becoming Michigan's head coach, Harbaugh has thought outside the box on the recruiting trail.
He and his coaching staff traveled to seven states in eight days as part of his Summer Swarm tour during the summer of 2015. More recently, he planned a slumber party with one recruit, baked another a cake and even attended a high school class with another of Michigan's targets.
According to 247Sports' composite ranking, the Wolverines have the No. 5 recruiting class in 2016—a significant improvement from last year's 37th-ranked class. Harbaugh's recruiting methods may be unorthodox, but they're delivering big results for Michigan.
"We're very much out there. We don't hide how we operate and what we do," Harbaugh said, per Dan Murphy of ESPN.com. "It's a meritocracy with everything we do in our program. It's going to continue to be that."
Having completed a 10-3 season with a roster that wasn't of his making, Harbaugh should enter 2016 with a deeper, more talented team. More than a decade removed from their last Big Ten title, the Wolverines appear to finally be returning to prominence under Harbaugh.
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