2020 ATH Ian Stewart Humbled by Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh's Midnight Text

Evan Petzold / WolverinesWire

2020 ATH Ian Stewart Humbled by Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh's Midnight Text

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2020 ATH Ian Stewart Humbled by Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh's Midnight Text

Rockwood (Mich.) Oscar A. Carlson 2020 three-star athlete Ian Stewart had hoped to receive an offer from Michigan for years. On June 18, he addended a camp at the university and the Wolverines offered the same day.

Now, head coach Jim Harbaugh is making him a priority.

At midnight of Sept. 1, Stewart and the Wolverines were finally able to communicate directly.

The first day in September is a crucial occasion on the recruiting calendar. It is the time a college coach is finally allowed to contact a high school junior, or a parent of one, without any restrictions.

“Coach Harbaugh hit me up to say how they are excited about me and can’t wait to continue recruiting me,” Stewart said.

Harbaugh wrote in a text:

“I couldn’t be more excited to FINALLY be able to communicate with you. You should know my staff and I believe you are an extraordinary talent and we will be working hard to show you all that is great about our University and the ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM! Please feel free to reach out anytime. I look forward to continuing our friendship over the next two years and seeing you soon. Go Blue!”

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver has offers to play for Michigan, Michigan State, Akron, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, Morgan State, N.C. State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Seton Hill, Syracuse, Toledo, Western Illinois and Western Michigan.

While Stewart heard from a few different schools at midnight, getting contacted by Michigan was extra special.

“It was cool and very humbling,” Stewart said. “To see all the work I put in pay off feels good. I just know I have to work even harder because there’s always room for improvement.”

The wide receiver is planning to visit Michigan for a handful of games in Ann Arbor. The only one he is certain on is the game against Wisconsin on Oct. 13.

“My friend Jaylan (Franklin) plays for Wisconsin,” Stewart said.

Stewart was ranked No. 372 in the nation, No. 73 at wide receiver and No. 9 in Michigan, according to 247Sports Composite.

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