The Michigan Wolverines are known for being one of the top college football programs for churning out superstars at multiple positions, ranging from top-tier offensive linemen like Jake Long, Jon Jansen and Taylor Lewan to All-Pro cornerbacks like Ty Law and Charles Woodson to dynamic playmaking defensive ends like Aidan Hutchinson and Mike Danna.
Now, Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has his sights set on another dynamic athlete — five-star ATH Nyckoles Harbor of Archbishop Carroll High School in Lanham, Maryland.
Harbor visited the Big House for Michigan’s thrilling 34-27 win over Taulia Tagovailoa, brother of Tua Tagovailoa, and the Terrapins, and it looks as if he came away impressed by his time in Ann Arbor, judging by his social media posts afterward.
Harbor posed an interesting question on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, shown in the picture below.
Could this be home?????? pic.twitter.com/RoyUsWMpyH
— Nyckoles Harbor (@Nyck1k) September 27, 2022
Harbor is listed as the number one ATH in the country according to Scout.com and has long been considered a South Carolina Gamecocks lean, but Michigan is now listed as the favorite by the recruiting website On3.com.
Harbor, who is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, is a defensive end and high school junior with sprinter’s speed and an NFL first round pick’s body already, as shown in the video clip below.
On3.com states that Harbor, part of the class of 2023, reminds many of NFL tight end Darren Waller, saying he could become a big-time pass catcher or defensive end at the next level.
“Nyckoles Harbor is the rarest jumbo athlete we’ve seen as a recruit. He’s one of the nation’s top sprinters at around 6-foot-5, 225 pounds,” the website writes on Harbor’s profile.
“Harbor could play as a pass rusher or big pass catcher at the college level.
“There are not many great comparisons given his physical dimensions and lack of polish as a pass catcher, but we’ve landed on former college wide receiver and NFL tight end Darren Waller, who ran 4.46 at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds.”
Harbor previously said that South Carolina “feels like home,” according to a report from SportsIllustrated.com.
It’s expected that he will announce his college decision sometime around the early signing period, according to the website.
Meanwhile, Michigan will continue its pursuit of a second Big Ten championship on Sunday against the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City — the team they beat in Indianapolis for the title next season.
The Wolverines’ 2023 recruiting class is currently ranked #28 in the nation according to 247Sports.com, and Harbor could become the crown jewel as Harbaugh and his staff work toward finishing strong the same way they did last year, both on the recruiting trail and on the football field in Ann Arbor and beyond.
Harbor said later on that the Michigan staff made him feel like he was a top priority, and that he would “change the game” if he does decide to attend the University of Michigan.
5-star ATH Nyckoles Harbor left his visit to Michigan feeling like the Wolverines' top priority⭐️
Details from @ChadSimmons_ (On3+): https://t.co/TiwXTq2CuE pic.twitter.com/BziJ9JzMDd
— On3 Recruits (@On3Recruits) September 28, 2022