5-star DB has Michigan football in top 5, more Jim Harbaugh rumblings

Michigan football made the top five for 5-star, plus more Jim Harbaugh NFL rumblings.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh walks on the field for a timeout against Iowa during the first half
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh walks on the field for a timeout against Iowa during the first half / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

One day after a productive Early National Signing Day, Michigan football got more good news on the recruiting trail, the Wolverines made the cut for the top five of elite safety DJ Pickett.

The Michigan Wolverines have been one of the top contenders for Pickett and have had him multiple times on campus including this past summer. He's close with Michigan football commitment in 2025, Chris Ewald.

Pickett, who is from Tampa, is 6-foot-2, 170 pounds and is ranked No. 7 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings in the 2025 class. The other teams that are in his top five are Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Miami.

Of course, it remains to be seen if Michigan football can land five-star prospects in this NIL era without being willing to pay guaranteed NIL money up front, as Ohio State did on Signing Day. That's what it takes to land five-star recruits, so even though the Wolverines seem to be a contender here, unless they change their stance on NIL, this one probably isn't likely to happen.

More NFL rumblings for Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh

At this point, nobody knows what Jim Harbaugh is going to do. But the consensus has been that if a deal isn't done this week, then Harbaugh is probably going to listen to NFL offers following the season.

There has been reported interest from the Chargers and on the MGoBlog Roundtable on Thursday with Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider, John U. Bacon indicated that the Chargers could be a real possibility for Harbaugh.

Bacon, a well-known Michigan Insider, said that Harbaugh doesn't care about money. He cares more about the "Bear hug." That means who is showing Jim Harbaugh the love.

Michigan football has shown much support during this NCAA investigation, but is Warde Manuel going to give Jim Harbaugh the "Bear Hug" needed to keep him in Ann Arbor? Will it even matter if the Wolverines win a national championship?

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There are a lot of pieces at play. One thing that seems clear is that if Jim Harbaugh does head back to the NFL, Sherrone Moore seems likely to succeed him. Chris Balas said it's his opinion, that Moore will take over in that case -- so it seems like it will be Harbaugh or Moore in 2024, one way or the other.