Manny happy returns
Manny Harris' revelation that he's sticking to his commitment is good news for Michigan, but not all that surprising. I know Harris made some waves last week when he said he was re-opening his recruitment, but people who know Harris tell me he's been a Michigan guy all his life and there was little fear he'd leave. When new Michigan coach John Beilein rehired Mike Jackson as an assistant, that all but sealed his stay in Ann Arbor.
Jackson is an ace recruiter who's got plenty of ties in and around Detroit. Keeping him on staff is a big win for Beilein, who's a native of upstate New York and has barely recruited Michigan in his nearly 30 years as a head coach. That fact aside, I don't doubt for a minute Beilein's ability to recruit Detroit. He's wearing a big block M now, and that opens lots of doors. Will he get every Big Ten-caliber player in the PSL? No, and he doesn't need or want to, but he'll win his share of battles.
Speaking of battles, there's one more left for Beilein to win, and that's the Alex Legion sweepstakes. Like Harris, Legion committed to Michigan under Tommy Amaker but wavered in the past couple weeks. Rumors had him headed for UCLA, Syracuse and a number of other programs. I don't think it's a done deal he stays yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if he said as much in the coming days. He's a local product, his mom's always been a Michigan fan, and with Harris and Kelvin Grady, the third member of Michigan's 2007 class, in the fold, Legion looks like the bad guy if he bolts. UCLA is all the more intriguing now that Arron Afflalo is off to the NBA, but Legion is a better fit at Michigan. I just don't see him playing enough defense to star in Ben Howland's system.