At the start of the camp, all the players gathered around Harbaugh, and he told them to take a lap. Minutes later, players started getting in a long line to get individual photos with Harbaugh. He posed with all of them, wearing out one photographer and asking another one to take over and shoot photos with his cell phone. The second photographer was Leonard Taylor, a Springfield junior who has verbally committed to the Wolverines.
This was the second camp of the day for the Michigan coaches, who started at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. They’ll attend close to 40 camps in 22 different states in the next month, including June 9 at Fairfield Stadium in Butler County.
“We’re not going to take any days off,” Harbaugh said. “That’s good. We’re healthy. We can do it.”
The camp also allowed local coaches, such as Wittenberg’s Joe Fincham, to get a look at players.
“I don’t know how the guys at Michigan are staying married doing all this stuff,” Fincham joked. “For us, it’s an awesome deal for exposure.”
Dayton Flyers coach Rick Chamberlin watched the players go through drills and compete in sprints. He was back in his old stomping grounds. He graduated from North High School, where Springfield High School now sits.
Chamberlin also coached against Harbaugh when Harbaugh was the head coach at the University of San Diego. Chamberlin grew up an Ohio State fan and but said if it helps the kids, it’s good that Michigan visited Springfield.
“The name Michigan’s going to draw a lot of kids,” Chamberlin said. “How many of these young men can play at Michigan? Not many. But there’s a number of them who can play at Dayton, Baldwin-Wallace, Wittenberg, Ashland. That’s where it helps.”