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Paul Finebaum Praises Jim Harbaugh For His QB Recruit Move

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Paul Finebaum can often be critical about head coaches in college football, but that wasn't the case on Thursday. The famous ESPN analyst gave a shoutout to Jim Harbaugh for his latest decision.

On Wednesday, the Michigan Wolverines learned that pro-style quarterback commit J.D. Johnson will no longer play football. He must retire immediately due to a heart condition.

Despite the fact that Johnson's collegiate career is over before it even started, he’ll remain a part of the Wolverines.

Harbaugh will continue to honor Johnson's scholarship as long as he's at Michigan. The three-star recruit also has the option of joining the team's staff in some capacity once he's enrolled.

It's a very classy gesture from Harbaugh, who is going above and beyond to show his loyalty to his players.

Finebaum shared his reaction to Harbaugh's move on Twitter, saying "Classy move by Coach Harbaugh. Much respect for this."

Johnson had kind words for Harbaugh as well. He said "You cannot impact everyone’s life, but sometimes making a difference in the life of just one counts for something."

Even though Johnson won't be able to take the field with his teammates, the opportunity to join Michigan's staff could potentially lead to a career as a football coach.

At the very least, Johnson will have the entire community in Ann Arbor pulling for him.