The Jim Harbaugh Effect will not truly be seen in this year's Michigan recruiting class, in the same way that the Championship Effect will not give Ohio State's Urban Meyer a huge boost (not that the Buckeyes need one) until 2016.
"Harbaugh will not be judged on this class," ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said by telephone. "When he was hired, there was a dead period and there were so many logistical things to get done."
As of Tuesday evening, Michigan had commitments from only 10 players.
Coincidence or not, CBS Sports Network analyst Tom Lemming sees a more aggressive attitude from coaches throughout the Big Ten.
"With [Harbaugh] and Urban and [Penn State's] James Franklin, it's nonstop, an SEC mentality not to get beat by anyone else," Lemming said. "I've also noticed [the Gophers'] Jerry Kill, the Iowa and Michigan State coaches on the road more.
"[Alabama's] Nick Saban always said: Show me a coach who is a prolific golfer, and I'll show you a bad recruiter."
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune