Jim Harbaugh’s grand summer satellite camp tour of 2016 has been social media and headline fodder this month, drawing plenty of attention in the aftermath of a national debate about said camps.
After the Michigan head coach's latest stop -- which came on Monday in Houston at Galena Park ISD Stadium, home of Texas Class 6A Division I state champion North Shore -- Harbaugh was asked if he could envision canvassing the country in 2017 like he has this summer.
"I'm having more fun than I've had in a long time, so I don't see why not," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh and the Wolverines' staff are now past the halfway point of a 21-state, 30-plus camp trek that began on June 1 in Indianapolis and has made stops in Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Florida, New Jersey and Ohio among other places. If all the travel and all those hours instructing and evaluating high school football players has taken a toll, there isn't evidence of it. Harbaugh attacked Monday's camp with a consistent, high energy, being hands-on in numerous drills and encouraging competition among the campers in attendance.
"Loving every minute of it," Harbaugh said. "I mean, if you don't like this, coming out coaching and teaching, then you might have gotten into the wrong profession. This profession may not be for you. If you're tiring of doing this or you think this is a grind or you're ready for it to be over, you might have picked the wrong profession."
Harbaugh is making a habit of donning different jerseys at these camps, and Monday was no different. He emerged from the locker room with a red jersey of Houston Texans' star and three-time NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt (notably, a Wisconsin alumnus).
"He's kind of the man in H-Town," Harbaugh said. "I have respect."
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh talking to campers at his East Houston satellite camp while sporting a JJ Watt jersey. pic.twitter.com/sKF18I8BKM— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) June 13, 2016
Here are some more scenes from Monday's camp:
Jim Harbaugh: "We have one rule, you're not allowed to get hurt." pic.twitter.com/YVulTwZ574— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) June 13, 2016
I've never seen a drill quite like this one at a satellite camp before. pic.twitter.com/2tcHDMOAzY— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) June 13, 2016
Jim Harbaugh's Houston camp complete. He even brought along his son, Jack, 3 (pictured twice) and daughter Addie, 7 pic.twitter.com/A1mx8som1U— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) June 14, 2016
Midway through the camp, Harbaugh switched jerseys to that of Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford. Thomas is a Houston-area product from Nimitz High School and his father, an attorney who lives in Houston, came to the camp to give Harbaugh the jersey.
Mid-camp jersey change for Harbaugh. Now donning Dolphins' DB Michael Thomas, a former player of his @ Stanford pic.twitter.com/YSN05ummEJ— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) June 13, 2016
"[Thomas is] one of my top three favorite players to coach on any level and any team, so out of respect, I'm wearing his jersey, too," Harbaugh said.
Next stop on the world tour: Tuesday in Dallas, Texas.