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Rutgers appears to be copying Michigan’s recruiting flyers via social media

May 20, 2016

ANN ARBOR — For some reason, this whole Michigan-Rutgers thing just won’t go away.

Rutgers coach Chris Ash was apparently not thrilled about Jim Harbaugh’s decision to speak at Paramus Catholic’s graduation ceremony in New Jersey next month. The Rutgers football community also wasn’t thrilled about Harbaugh’s decision to run a satellite camp there either.

Ash responded to the latter by scheduling his own camp on the same day just down the road, inviting Ohio State’s Urban Meyer to join him.

And now, apparently, he’s using similar recruiting tactics via social media.

That tweet comes from Aaron Bills, Michigan’s director of football creative. Bills plays a large role in Michigan’s social media recruiting. He designs virtual flyers and photo edits that the staff sends to prospects.

The actual flyer Ash appeared to send out Friday — one that looks awfully familiar to past Michigan edits — went to three-star athlete C.J. Holmes.

A big deal? No. But another log on what’s turning into a rather weird fire.

Michigan, of course, has had a huge run recently in recruiting the state of New Jersey. In 2016, the Wolverines landed five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary — the country’s top-ranked player.

In total, Harbaugh also secured LOIs from five of the top 10 players in the state of New Jersey. Rutgers had zero.

The Wolverines will visit Rutgers for a night game on Oct. 8.

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