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Michigan Wolverines

'Right fit' is the sell in B10 recruiting, sideshow or not

Urban Meyer has the cache and the national championship rings. Jim Harbaugh mixes a khakis-wearing sensibility with a sense of panache.

When it comes to recruiting in the Big Ten, Ohio State's Meyer and Michigan's Harbaugh are the heavyweights.

For the Big Ten's big two and the other teams, one of the most important selling points on the recruiting trail is trying to staying true to the school's identity and offering the "right fit" — even if, in most cases, it doesn't sound as exciting as having a head coach climb a tree to woo a recruit. It's one of the unorthodox moves Harbaugh pulled on the recruiting trail.

"There are some players where...