Michigan football recruiting: Jim Harbaugh does cartwheel in four-star linebacker’s commitment video


Jaydon Hood, a four-star linebacker and the No. 298 overall player in the Class of 2020, committed to Michigan on Monday over offers from several schools including finalists Miami (FL) and Minnesota. That’s big news itself considering Hood, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound star from high school football power St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has the skills to be a star for the Wolverines.

The way in which he committed to the maize and blue is sure to make you … flip. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh can attest to that. 

Hood posted a video on his Twitter account announcing his decision and thanking his mother for helping him become a star. At the 40-second mark, it abruptly cuts to linebackers coach Brian Luc Jean-Mary, defensive coordinator Don Brown and Harbaugh doing cartwheels in their yards. 

Take a look at the form and judge for yourself who is the best gymnast on the Michigan coaching staff.

Apparently Harbaugh and his coaches have been working on their form during quarantine.

As for Hood’s decision, he told 247Sports that stability within the coaching staff played a big role in his commitment.

“It was actually a very hard decision between Michigan, Miami, and Minnesota,” he said. “It just came down to what scheme I liked, what things I like, and where I feel most comfortable. And the biggest thing for me was coaching stability. That’s very important to me. (So too are) coaching relationships, culture, tradition, atmosphere, and good campus life because I’ve got to be able to live there. And that competitive atmosphere. I definitely want to play in the biggest games. I want to be a part of that. And I just looked at it… I went pros and cons with every school, and Michigan checked off on everything I wanted.”

Hood is the No. 11 inside linebacker and the 48th-ranked player in Florida. Andrew Ivins, Miami insider for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on how Hood projects as a college player.

“Just a shade under 6-foot-1. Muscles already developed in the upper half, but room to only get bigger once lifting in a college weight room,” Ivins wrote. “Should be able to play around 225 pounds. A high-intensity football player that’s always in chase mode. Quick to diagnoses plays and react. Combats blocks well while keeping his eyes in the backfield. A physical striker that likes to runs his feet through contact. Productive at the high school level having totaled 115 tackles as a junior. Adequate in zone coverage, but should be better in space given speed and testing profile. Will need to improve transitions and clean up how he finishes. Has a chance to develop into an impact player for a Power 5 program and could eventually have his name on all-conference lists.”

The next logical step is for Harbaugh to do full front flips if Hood makes those all-conference lists. After all, the precedent has been set. 





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