June 8, 2016
NEWARK, N.J. — Michigan’s pipeline with Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey continues to add layers.
Paramus — the alma mater of Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary — will play a football game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 2 this fall, a Michigan spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning.
Michigan is scheduled to open its 2016 season the following day against Hawaii.
Per TodaysU, Paramus will play Maryland’s St. Frances Academy.
The move is the latest in a budding relationship between Jim Harbaugh’s program and the New Jersey football powerhouse.
The bond began in 2014 when Michigan secured a commitment from Peppers, the country’s No. 2-ranked prospect at the time, and his four-star teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty.
Shortly after Harbaugh was hired in late 2014, he hired former Paramus Catholic head coach Chris Partridge to be the team’s director of player personnel. Partridge then played a key role in helping Michigan land Gary, the country’s No. 1-ranked player in 2016.
Partridge is now serving as Michigan’s linebackers/special teams coach.
Harbaugh and a portion of Michigan’s coaching staff will be at Paramus on Wednesday night for the Next Level Football camp, a sizable event that will feature roughly 90 coaches from 42 different colleges.
In addition, Harbaugh will also be in Newark on Thursday evening to speak at Paramus’ commencement ceremony.
Michigan is still very much in the mix for 2017 Paramus linebacker Drew Singleton, a four-star prospect who is the top-ranked recruit in New Jersey. The Wolverines are also recruiting three-star defensive tackle Corey Bolds, another Paramus prospect.
Per the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Stadium will also play host to 14 different high schools for a “Battle at the Big House” from Aug. 25-27.