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Jim Harbaugh Wants Michigan Hoops Star To Try Football

Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team.

ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 30: Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been looking high and low for recruits this year. But he may be looking at a potential prospect that's already living on his campus.

In a recent episode of his "Attack Each Day" podcast, Harbaugh has expressed interested in a member of John Beilein's basketball team: power forward Isaiah Livers. Harbaugh went so far as to say that Livers could very well be a tight end on his team immediately.

Per WolverinesWireHarbaugh was discussing incoming defensive tackle Chris Hinton, whose father was a guest on the show. Hinton also loves basketball, which set the discussion in that direction.

“You mention basketball players that like to play football, I like basketball a lot, too,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll just put this out there: if Isaiah Livers is a basketball player that likes to watch football, at some point, I’d love to get him an opportunity to play football! Isaiah Livers, the sixth-man on our basketball team here at Michigan right now – tight end would be a heckuva position (for him).”

Livers is listed at 6-foot-8 and over 200 pounds, and was a four-star prospect coming out of high school in 2017. But in two years he has averaged under 18 minutes per game and only five points per game.

He has seen better numbers this past season though. Livers is currently averaging over 21 minutes per game and 7.3 points per game. But he has yet to make a start.

There have been few athletes who have made the transition from basketball to football, and even fewer who have done so at a level.

But there are plenty of success stories of players who were able to play both sports well.

Tony Gonzalez, Donovan McNabb, Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, and Terrell Owens are all famous for having transitioned from one to another or both.

[Attack Each Day via WolverinesWire]