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Former Michigan Coach Claims Program Lost Top Recruit To "Bag Man"

A general view of Michigan's football stadium.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The concept of the college football "bag man" - a person loosely affiliated with a major college football program that pays for recruits - has been widely documented, perhaps best so by SB Nation's "Meet The Bag Man" feature in 2014.

247Sports' Michigan site, The Michigan Insider, has another story to add to the "bag man" list.

A former Michigan football coach, former defensive coordinator Ron English, claims that the Wolverines once lost a top recruit to LSU thanks to the bag man.

The recruit, five-star defensive back Jai Eugene, was allegedly set to commit to Michigan until something changed at LSU.

From the report:

Just like this (I said), ‘Jai, what's going on man?’ (Eugene said), ‘Coach, they came to the birthday party on Sunday… and you know my daddy just got out of jail and they got him a job, and they got my momma a house, and they said they were going to take care of my baby. I gotta go to LSU. I said, ‘Jai, you do. You gotta go to LSU.’ And he goes to LSU.”

Eugene went on to be a four-year letter-winner at LSU, starting 12 games for the Tigers. He spent three seasons at cornerback before moving to safety.

You can read The Michigan Insider's full story here.