Harbaugh Reacts to Devin Bush Leaving Michigan Early

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Harbaugh Reacts to Devin Bush Leaving Michigan Early

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Harbaugh Reacts to Devin Bush Leaving Michigan Early

In the midst of Early Signing Day on Wednesday, as Michigan fans were celebrating the news that five-star safety Daxton Hill flipped back to the Wolverines from Alabama and signed his National Letter of Intent, star Michigan linebacker Devin Bush Jr. confirmed what many had speculated about — that he was leaving the maize and blue a year early for the NFL Draft, and thus sitting out the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl later this month.

Citing injury concerns and having not fully healed from the hip injury sustained in the final regular season game at Ohio State, Bush says he hasn’t been cleared by doctors to strap up again for the Wolverines, thus meaning that Michigan fans have seen the last of him in a winged helmet.

Asked about his reaction to Bush’s early departure by Jon Jansen on the IMG Network’s Inside Michigan Football radio show on Wednesday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh not only shared what kind of legacy Bush leaves behind, but also how he’s made a huge impact on the team moving forward, in terms of recruiting.

Harbaugh also makes a shocking comparison (considering he doesn’t like to ‘compare or contrast, as it always leaves someone diminished’ as he often says) saying that one incoming Wolverine could have a future similar to Bush, and that several other players currently on the roster are having similar impacts as well.

“He’s had a stellar career,” Harbaugh said of Bush. “He’s an All-American, someone who’s gonna have his picture up on the All-American wall. I think it’s gonna be ingrained in our minds of No. 10 running and hitting and making plays sideline-to-sideline. I even said it earlier – you recruit players now, and you say, ‘He’s gonna be like Devin,’ or, ‘Could this guy be another Devin Bush?’ And you’re out there looking for that player.

“Charles Thomas – you say, ‘I wonder if we can get another Devin Bush,’ and maybe Charles Thomas is that kind of guy.

“Sentimentally, I look back to three years ago when we were recruiting Devin. I look back to two years ago, we were recruiting Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black and Ben Bredeson (ed: Bredeson was in the 2016 class). And now, you recruit guys and they come in, and a youngster will say, ‘Oh my God, there’s Devin Bush!’ And, ‘Devin Bush said hello to me, talked to me!’ The next youngsters: ‘God, I just want to be like Tarik Black!’ Another: ‘DPJ, he’s such a beast! I got to meet DPJ!’

“It’s neat. They’re role models now, and they’re at Michigan or were at Michigan setting a standard for this new group of players out there and guys that want to be just like them. It’s really awesome to just be here and be observing it and watching that. Means a lot – what are guys like Devin and Donovan and Ben Bredeson, what do they mean? They mean a lot. They’re real role models.”

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