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Jim Harbaugh Shows Great Class Following QB Recruit's Retirement

A closeup of Michigan college football head coach Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Michigan's 2020 recruiting class took a blow today, when the Wolverines learned that pro-style quarterback commit J.D. Johnson will no longer be playing football.

Johnson, a Phoenix, Arizona native, has a heart condition that has forced him to medically retire.

The QB commit has had a heart issue, called a coarctation of the aorta, since he was 12. He recently learned it could not be corrected and that it was too dangerous to continue playing with it.

Johnson will not be playing football at Michigan, though he'll still be part of the program. Harbaugh is honoring his scholarship and Johnson could end up as part of the coaching staff.

"(Harbaugh) demonstrated a high level of loyalty to a player that will never throw a TD pass for him," Johnson said. "I already bled Michigan BLUE, but Coach Harbaugh demonstrated an example to me, like the old 'Starfish Parable.'

"You cannot impact everyone's life, but sometimes making a difference in the life of just one counts for something."

Well done, Coach Harbaugh.

Here's to J.D. becoming a great college football coach some day. The Wolverines will be lucky to have him.