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ESPN Names Jim Harbaugh Georgia's Biggest Recruiting Rival

Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Who is Georgia football's biggest recruiting rival?

The answer, at least according to ESPN, might surprise you. It's Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren published a piece yesterday outlining Michigan's recent recruiting success in the Peach State. After signing running back Carlos Brown and quarterback David Cone in 2006, Michigan didn't bring in a single recruit from Georgia until Harbaugh took over.

Since then, the Wolverines have signed three players from there, including five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon this year.

From ESPN:

Atlanta ESPN Junior 300 prospect Myles Sims is buying into a school more than 700 miles away.

Since Jim Harbaugh took over, Michigan has made a big recruiting push in Georgia. That focus has Sims and other top Peach State prospects suddenly wondering about the Wolverines.

“When you see big-name players from here going to Michigan, everyone says, ‘Wait, we need to see what’s up and see what Michigan is about,’” Sims said.

You can read the full VanHaaren article here if you have ESPN Insider.

Given Harbaugh's propensity for working hard on the recruiting trail and looking all over for talent, don't expect UM to stop pursuing players in Georgia anytime soon.