As in the event that they want extra ammo, critics of Jim Harbaugh took to social media this week amid information that one other quarterback he recruited to Michigan was transferring.Joe Milton, who plans to graduate from the college this spring, introduced plans Thursday to enter his identify into the NCAA’s switch portal and play elsewhere subsequent 12 months.He’s hardly the primary beginning quarterback to depart —the portal and follow of transferring is turning into commonplace within the sport these days — however the newest in a string of quarterbacks to depart Michigan beneath Harbaugh, whose monitor document of growing gamers on the place is blended at greatest in his first six seasons in Ann Arbor.He’s had some success with transfers (extra on that in a second), however missed on lots of his high-profile quarterback recruits out of highschool. And it begins from the very starting.Harbaugh’s first recruited quarterback out of highschool, Zach Gentry, a four-star prospect within the 2015 class from Albuquerque, New Mexico, by no means performed a recreation on the place. He was transformed to tight finish quickly after arriving at Michigan after Harbaugh sensed the big-bodied Gentry would have a troublesome time breaking via in a packed and aggressive quarterback room.More: Michigan’s QB race takes new twist: Joe Milton to switchIt labored out for Gentry, who twice earned all-Big Ten honors at tight finish and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers within the fifth spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft. But that hasn’t been the case with every of Harbaugh’s subsequent recruits.With a full 12 months to recruit the 2016 class, Harbaugh landed one other high-profile quarterback on the time — four-star prospect Brandon Peters from Avon, Ind., whose robust arm and athleticism made him one of many prime quarterbacks within the class. But 4 begins and three years later, Peters (680 passing yards on 55% completion, 4 TDs, 3 INTs) discovered himself buried on the depth chart and transferred to Illinois, the place he received the beginning job and located success.Meanwhile, the outcomes with Harbaugh’s 2017 and 2018 quarterback recruits, each four-star prospects out of highschool, have been related. Dylan McCaffrey opted out of the 2020 season and elected to switch after 4 years and 13 appearances. And now Milton, who started the 2020 season as Michigan’s starter solely to lose the job 5 gams in. Milton’s regression because the season went on was beautiful, and the most recent indictment on Harbaugh’s spotty monitor document of figuring out and growing quarterbacks.Harbaugh has had a lot better success within the switch market, plucking quarterbacks with years beneath their belt on the school stage and inserting them in at Michigan. Jake Rudock, a graduate switch from Iowa, earned all-Big Ten honorable point out for his 2015 season with the Wolverines wherein he threw for 3,017 yards and 20 touchdowns whereas main the crew to a 10-3 season.More: U-M soccer to start out spring follow on MondayThen there’s Shea Patterson, the switch from the University of Mississippi who began two seasons at Michigan and threw for greater than 5,600 yards and 45 touchdowns. Still, Patterson’s prolific passing numbers weren’t sufficient to get Michigan over the hump — Harbaugh’s groups posted a 10-3 document in 2018 and 9-4 document in 2019.Harbaugh additionally relied on one other switch, John O’Korn from Houston, to assist plug the hole at quarterback in 2016 and 2017. But Wilton Speight received the beginning job each seasons, edging O’Korn, who would solely begin six video games in his two seasons of eligibility. By the time the 2017 season was over, O’Korn’s eligibility clock had expired and Speight, rehabbing from a damaged bone in his backbone, elected to switch to UCLA.Which brings us again to Milton, the third straight highschool quarterback recruited to Michigan beneath Harbaugh to switch. It was not going to be a slam dunk this offseason for Milton, who was going to must beat out Harbaugh’s 2019 quarterback, Cade McNamara, and not too long ago enrolled J.J. McCarthy, whose five-star standing makes him the highest-rated quarterback recruit beneath Harbaugh. But as Milton decides for himself (and I don’t assume anybody blames him for that), the transfer as soon as once more magnifies Harbaugh’s lack of ability to recruit, foster and develop highschool quarterbacks on the school stage.Could McNamara or McCarthy ultimately be the quarterback that helps get Michigan excessive? Sure. All it takes is one participant, a succesful teaching employees and the proper items round him to do it. Harbaugh appears intent on making it occur — he made wholesale modifications to his teaching employees this winter, together with the choice to take the reins as quarterbacks coach.Will it work? It’s too early to inform. But a giant cause for Harbaugh’s struggles at Michigan — whereas he’s 49-22 in six seasons, however and not using a journey to the Big Ten championship or berth within the College Football Playoff — was as soon as once more delivered to mild this week.Now he should do the whole lot he can to vary that narrative.Read extra on Michigan soccer:Mike Macdonald: Michigan protection ‘going to be a number of, get after individuals’U-M’s younger receivers made progress (and received their toes moist) in 2020Another NFL mock draft has two Michigan gamers within the first sphericalMichigan linebacker Adam Shibley enters switch portalTight ends, marred by drops, have new chief, coach