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PGA Tour Golfer Zach Johnson Comments on Jim Harbaugh's Recruiting Tactics

LA QUINTA, CA - JANUARY 23:  Zach Johnson watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge In Partnership With The Clinton Foundation at the TPC Stadium course at PGA West on January 23, 2016 in La Quinta, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Mike NorrisChief Writer IIIJanuary 16, 2017

PGA Tour golfer and diehard Iowa Hawkeyes fan Zach Johnson has had about enough of Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh.

After Harbaugh came in with a last-minute offer for 3-star offensive lineman and former Iowa commit Alaric Jackson, per Blair Sanderson of Rivals.com, Johnson took his frustration to Twitter, calling out the head coach by referring to his trademark khakis:

It was a harmless and humorous attack, but it speaks to what has been an interesting recruiting season for Harbaugh after his first season in Ann Arbor. Fans know him for the interesting tactics he uses to lure recruits, including sleepovers, late-night movies and jokes (presumably) about attending classes with the high schoolers, per Nick Schwartz of USA Today.

While the whatever-it-takes attitude has earned Michigan the sixth-ranked 2016 recruiting class, per 247Sports, there is also a dark side to the process.

Harbaugh's approach has ruffled feathers, and one former Michigan recruit claimed the program pulled his scholarship offer last month despite the fact that he had verbally committed in 2013 and had no off-field issues, per Bob Narang of the Chicago Tribune.

"They called me last week saying I should re-open my recruitment and take other visits," offensive line prospect Erik Swenson told Narang. "My family and I were shaken by it. That’s when the whole mess started.”

Swenson subsequently committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Harbaugh came to his alma mater last year after leaving the San Francisco 49ers on bad terms. Despite going 44-19-1 in four seasons, reaching the NFC Championship Game three times and making it to the Super Bowl once, Harbaugh and the team brass did not get along.

Now he's in college, upsetting some while he works the recruiting trail. Johnson said what many are thinking, although there is little to suggest Harbaugh cares in any way.

Michigan fans likely won't care either. Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to a 10-3 season (their best record since 2011) and a Citrus Bowl victory. He's just doing his job, even if it upsets a PGA Tour golfer.

As the rankings indicate, he's doing it pretty well, and he just might have Michigan closer to the top of the recruiting rankings when all is said and done. 247Sports predicts defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the No. 1 overall recruit, will sign with the Wolverines.

If that happens and Harbaugh keeps getting his guys, it's not going to matter what anyone is saying.

Recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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