Michigan football hires former NFL coach, father of future No. 1 QB recruit

Michael Johnson joins Michigan football staff


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jim Harbaugh has hired a California high school coach with an extensive NFL background to join his staff at the University of Michigan.

Michael Johnson resigned from his position as head football coach at The King's Academy in California to join Michigan football in Ann Arbor. The school made the announcement on Twitter.

Johnson spent 10 seasons coaching in the NFL, specializing in quarterbacks with the San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. He also coached wide receivers in Atlanta and with the Baltimore Ravens.

Johnson was the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, the year before Jim Harbaugh took over in San Francisco.

Harbaugh isn't only bringing a ton of NFL experience to his coaching staff, he's also added a strong connection to one of the top future recruits in the country.

Johnson's son, Michael Johnson Jr., is the No. 1 rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. The four-star prospect is one of the top players in the state of California and an elite overall recruit in the country.

Harbaugh has filled several positions on his coaching staff this off-season, including former Browns associate head coach Pep Hamilton and former Indiana offensive line coach Greg Frey.

Michigan hasn't announced what position Johnson will fill on the staff, but the open on-field coaching positions appear to have been filled.

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