May 4, 2016
ANN ARBOR — It was bound to happen.
Jim Harbaugh and friends are going camping in Ohio.
Warren G. Harding High School announced Wednesday that Harbaugh and members of the Michigan coaching staff will be featured during a June 9 camp at the school in Warren, Ohio.
They’ll be visiting, it just so turns out, right around when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is scheduled to be in Detroit.
Meyer annually attends the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit and is again expected to do so on either June 9 or June 10.
With Harbaugh scheduling a trip to Ohio on June 9, he’ll likely make his appearance at Sound Mind Sound Body on the 10th.
Since the NCAA’s ban on satellite camps was rescinded last week, Michigan has been rolling out an expansive rescheduling of its summer tour.
Also on Tuesday, Michigan set a June 23 camp at Antioch High School in California, home of the nation’s No. 1 2017 overall recruit, Najee Harris.
The trip to Warren G. Harding High School, though, is a bit different than the rest.
Warren is roughly 225 miles southeast from Ann Arbor and 170 miles northeast from Columbus.
As for the perceived slight of welcoming hated Michigan to his school, Warren G. Harding head coach Steve Arnold told cleveland.com that’s not his concern.
“I’m not aiding Michigan or helping Michigan recruit in the area,” Arnold told cleveland.com. “They are having camps all across the country, so I’m not helping anything.
“It’s not about Ohio State and Michigan. For me, it’s about the exposure and our high school and our kids. That’s what this is about. Other people may look at it like that, but that’s on them.
“If Ohio State would have called and said they want to have one or asked if we were having a camp they could work, of course I would say yes. Or any other BCS school. It’s about the kid, not recruiting.”
Harding High School, is the home of four-star athlete Lynn Bowden, the No. 197-ranked player in the 2017 class, per the 247 Sports Composite.
Additional scheduled camp stops include:
• According to 247 Sports, Michigan and Georgia will be featured in a June 2 camp at Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta, hosted by Cedar Grove High School.
• Michigan will host a camp at the University of South Alabama, according to AL.com, on June 7, the same day a camp was originally scheduled at Prattville High School in Alabama. Prattville coach Chad Anderson told MLive last week that he was unsure if the camp will be rescheduled, but he would be willing to host again after drawing more than 500 participants last summer.
• Michigan, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will team up for a June 8 camp at Pearl High School in Mississippi, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
• Michigan and Iowa State will team up for the Showtime Camp at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, on June 13.