Jim Harbaugh recruiting a player he once babysat

Written By Ron Clements
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh
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While Jim Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford, he went on a recruiting trip to the home of Trent Murphy, but Murphy's parents weren't there.

As they were returning to the house to meet with their son's prospective coach, Laurie Murphy went into labor with the couple's seventh child. Instead of going home, Jerry Murphy took his wife to the hospital, where she was in labor for five hours.

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While the Murphys were at the hospital while Laurie dealt with labor pains, Harbaugh and assistant coach D.J. Durkin were at the Murphy house, providing adult supervision to a few of the couple's children along with the children's aunt. Harbaugh, who apparently really likes milk, drank some of the moo juice with the kids while sitting on the living room floor and playing chess.

One of those children was 8-year-old Connor Murphy, who is now entering his senior season of high school. He's a top football recruit and Harbaugh wants to bring the Phoenix Brophy High School player to Michigan, just as Harbaugh got Trent Murphy to commit to Stanford.

Murphy was an All-American at Stanford in 2013 after leading the nation in sacks. He was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Washington. 

Connor Murphy, a 6-7, 249-pound defensive end who has offers from 15 FBS programs, and his dad told the story to Sports360AZ

Note: An earlier version of the story contained factual errors. 

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