Jim Harbaugh taps his familiar face to lead football player recruitment in Michigan
Nine days after Matt Dudek’s sudden departure, Michigan football has its man running the recruiting side.
Courtney Morgan, a former offensive lineman for the Wolverines from 1999 to 2003, was named Director of Player Personnel for the program on Friday.
The announcement confirmed an MLive report on April 14th that Dudek’s departure was linked to the imminent arrival of Los Angeles, California-born Morgan. In a statement, head coach Jim Harbaugh described Morgan as a “Michigan man” through and through.
“His impressive track record will help our program tremendously,” said Harbaugh. “I’m looking forward to his new perspective and his new insights from a recruiting and player development perspective.”
Morgan was hired to boost recruitment and is coming to Ann Arbor from Fresno State University, where he served in a similar role for a season. A year earlier, in 2019, Morgan oversaw recruiting at San Jose State University. In 2012 and 2013 he spent two seasons at UCLA.
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In the press release, Michigan extolled Morgan’s business acumen and relationship building. He co-founded the Pure Influence Group in February 2017 and worked to expand the profile of 10 NFL players through internet and TV projects.
Morgan spent two years in customer development at Vanguard Sports Group, leading a department specializing in contract negotiation, marketing, public relations and branding, among other things. His clients included NFL players Von Miller and Keenan Allen.
“I want to thank Coach Harbaugh for bringing me back to the University of Michigan, a place that means a lot to me in my life,” Morgan said in the press release. “I look forward to showing our athletes what Michigan football can do for their lives on the field and beyond their playing years.”
Morgan’s game days add extra credibility to the job. He played in Michigan from 1999 to 2003, playing all five positions along the offensive line and starting 11 games. He graduated from Michigan with a degree in sports management and communications.
Morgan’s arrival comes just as the NCAA wants to lift the year-long moratorium on face-to-face visits so recruits can have personal contact with coaches and staff. The Wolverines 2021 Recruiting Class was ranked 10th nationwide, according to 247Sports, and was voted into the top 15 in five of Harbaugh’s six seasons at Ann Arbor.
Seven players in the 2022 class have made verbal pledges to Michigan.
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