Quinn Nordin was just like every other celebrated high-school football recruit facing a high-pressure decision on National Signing Day. On Wednesday at a little after 10 a.m. local time, Nordin put pen to paper and faxed his National Letter of Intent to Michigan, counting as yet another big win for second-year coach Jim Harbaugh.
Everything stated above — a big-time recruit choosing a blue-blood program — seems normal, which is a paradox because the norm on signing day is to be as excessive as possible. (Puppies, cakes, and even sky-diving videos are what fuel the circus now.) And Michigan obliged by holding its signing day event, called “Signing of the Stars,” at the on-campus Hill Auditorium. Among those in attendance? Ric Flair and Tom Brady, of course.
So, when Nordin’s name was added to the Wolverines’ 2016 class, it was a huge victory for Harbaugh, who conducted a late recruiting surge for the No. 1 kicker in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Yes, a kicker.
And, in that specific way, Quinn Nordin is actually nothing like every other celebrated recruit who faced high-pressure decision on National Signing Day.