The ongoing public health concern has forced college football coaches to get really creative on the recruiting trail. With travel limitations in place and the NCAA barring all official and unofficial campus visits for recruits, coaches are getting much more active with texting, phone calls, virtual meeting s and social media.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said that, because of the ongoing pandemic, he actually feels that he’s getting to know the recruits in the 2021 class a little bit better than some of the other classes he’s recruited while in Ann Arbor. Having more time to chat allows him to learn more about potential newcomers.

“I feel like I know our recruiting class for this year, this 2021 class, better than I’ve known [other classes],” Harbaugh said, according to Angeliqeu Chengelis of The Detroit News. “Because there’s been more time to talk to them.”

Spring practice was halted shortly after it began for most college football programs and recruiting was immediately restricted when government and health officials started detailing the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone is in the same situation, but Harbaugh appears to be making the best of it.

Michigan has been active on the recruiting front over the last month. In April alone, the Wolverines have landed commitments from five prospects, bringing the 2021 class total to eight verbal pledges. UM ranks 12th nationally and fifth in the B1G with this year’s class currently.