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Michigan’s X-factor in recruiting
Chris Partridge joined Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan staff in January 2015, shortly after Harbaugh was named the program’s coach. In a short period of time, Partridge has become one of the nation’s best football recruiters. Scout.com named him the nation’s top recruiter in 2016, and 247Sports.com bestowed that honor on him for the 2017 recruiting cycle.
He’s helped Michigan sign Rashan Gary, Aubrey Solomon, Luiji Vilain and Cesar Ruiz in the last two classes, among others. Partridge has been a primary recruiter for Class of 2018 commits Otis Reese, Cameron McGrone, Christian Turner and Myles Sims.
Partridge started as the program’s director of player personnel but was moved to the coaching staff for the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory against Florida. He’s now the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Just because the season is full-go doesn’t mean recruiting stops. It only adds to a coach’s day.
“You just do it, you just get it done,” Partridge said. “Sometimes it’s an early, early morning and a late night, but you’ve just got to get it done, figure it out.”
I got to meet Partridge for the first time this past spring and I was struck by his straight-forward approach to recruiting. Partridge coached previously in college at the FCS level, but he came to Michigan after coaching at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. He coached Gary there, as well as Jabrill Peppers.
Recruiting in big-time college athletics has its shady side. The FBI’s investigation into corruption and fraud in college basketball spotlights that, but it would be naive to believe it doesn’t happen in football as well.
Michigan has one of the good guys in the game in Partridge.
Join the club
Christian Turner was among the players who visited the Wolverines last week, and he was working to add more players to the 2018 class and beyond.
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) October 12, 2017
It certainly isn’t uncommon for committed recruits to aid in the pursuit of others who may be on the fence or haven’t quite made up their minds. Turner told Scout.com: “I’m done with recruitment… I’m 100 percent committed [to Michigan].”
One of the players to whom Turner has close ties is 2019 offensive tackle Harry Miller, his teammate at Buford (Ga.) High School. Miller also visited for the Michigan State game.
Wolverines make top-5 list
Michigan is still in the hunt for 4-star athlete Bryan Addison of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra after Addison released his top five schools via Twitter on Thursday. Nebraska is also in Addison’s list along with Pac-12 schools UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State.
Addison was at the Michigan State game for his second visit of the season. He made his official visit on Sept. 9 for the game against Cincinnati. Michigan offered Addison this past summer after a satellite camp in California. He was one of the players Turner was selling Michigan on, as was 2018 quarterback commit Kevin Doyle. Doyle had a similar message for 5-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.
— Kevin Doyle (@Kevin_Doyle_13) October 12, 2017
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