Michigan Football: Perry Not Practicing, Harbaugh Talks Recruiting, More

Chris Balas, Senior Editor

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that junior wide receiver Grant Perry, due in Ingham County circuit court Thursday for a pretrial hearing after being charged with three misdemeanors and a felony for resisting arrest last fall, was not practicing this spring.

Asked if Perry had been kicked off the team, Harbaugh replied, “I didn’t say that.”

Perry is alleged to have groped a 21-year-old woman in East Lansing on Oct. 15, and then fled police officers. Harbaugh suspended him for two games, though Perry did see action in the season’s final four contests.

“Upon being informed that charges would be filed, he was immediately and indefinitely suspended from all team activities until the legal process is completed,” Harbaugh said before the Orange Bowl.

Harbaugh declined to say whether or players would miss Saturday’s spring game due to major injury (other than left tackle Grant Newsome, who will redshirt this fall).

"Nobody's coming to mind right now," he said

Other notes:

• Harbaugh said there wasn’t one are of the United States he prefers more than others when it comes to recruiting.

"I care about them all," Harbaugh said. "The whole United States of America. We look at ourselves as being miners. We're out there panning for gold, searching for gold nuggets … good, better and best.

"We find that everywhere they play football, that's where we want to have a chance to evaluate and recruit. That's the way we look at it."

The Wolverines have three pledges from the state of Georgia alone in the 2018 class … four-star linebacker Otis Reese, four-star cornerback Myles Sims and three-star running back Christian Turner.

"The internet's been very good, too," Harbaugh said. "There are less and less players that are under the radar because their video can be seen by everybody. It's been a great thing.

“As Johnny Cash would say, ‘we’ll go everywhere, man.’”

• Harbaugh confirmed four-year junior Wilton Speight had solidified his hold on the starting job.

"He's been good. He's progressed well, and it's very important to him," he said. "He's ratcheting up his game as you'd expect in terms of mental processes. He's hungry to learn more and more. He's been impressive … he's a very sharp individual."

New passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton has picked up where Jedd Fisch (UCLA) left off.

"I hadn't remembered just how much energy he brings, and it's really unmatched … well, I can't say that because [defensive coordinator] Don Brown brings so much energy, too, and Tim Drevno and all of our coaches," Harbaugh said. "He's at the highest, highest level.

"He's 11 on a scale of 10. I'm quoting 'Spinal Tap' right now. Love him."

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