Ann Arbor, MI. It is going to take much more than a ban on satellite camps to ground Jim Harbaugh. Paramus Catholic, the high school Jabrill Peppers attended and Rashan Gary will be graduating from, announced today that Harbaugh will speak at the school’s graduation on June 9th at the Prudential center in Newark, New Jersey.
While many will likely ascertain that Harbaugh is again trying to skirt NCAA rules, Paramus Catholic president Jim Vail told NorthJersey.com that the school had been in contact with Harbaugh about the arrangement long before the NCAA ruling on satellite camps.
Vail was also very clear that Harbaugh’s presence at graduation has nothing to do with football, stating to NorthJersey.com that, “Commencement is an academic ceremony. It’s not connected to athletics. But I have gotten to know Coach Harbaugh pretty well. I’m not a football guy, but I know a great educator when I see one, and he always impressed me as a great educator and great leader.”
However, while it is certainly true that Harbaugh’s main reason for his upcoming address is for non-football reasons, his visit will certainly have a football aspect too. Two current Paramus Catholic students currently hold Michigan offers, 2017 four-star linebacker Drew Singleton and 2017 four-star defensive linemen Corey Bolds. Singleton, in particular, is a major Michigan target, and Harbaugh’s presence at his school’s commencement could only help him in his recruitment.
Harbaugh speaking at Paramus Catholic’s commencement may seem insignificant, but look for many more non-football events like these in the future to counteract the loss of satellite camps. If one thing has become clear since Harbaugh’s arrival in Ann Arbor it is that he will certainly innovate; it will just be a matter if the NCAA approves of his innovations.