ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If you thought Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh had created a lot of buzz during his first year on the recruiting trail at Michigan, wait until you see the grand finale.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former Yankee Derek Jeter will headline a long list of celebrity guests on campus Wednesday for Michigan's National Signing Day celebration. The event, Harbaugh's brainchild, will feature two hours of appearances by stars from the world of sports, music and film. It will be live-streamed on The Player's Tribune, Jeter's website.
Brady played quarterback at Michigan in the late 1990s. Jeter, a Michigan native, is a frequent visitor to Michigan Stadium and met Harbaugh at a game last fall. His website has a partnership with the Wolverines' athletic department.
Michigan has been periodically revealing its attention-grabbing guest list during the past week on social media. Others expected to attend include pro wrestler Ric Flair, rap artist Migos and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.
The show, dubbed the "Signing of the Stars," fits with the approach that Harbaugh and his staff have taken in recruiting since he arrived at his alma mater a year ago. The coaches have used social media and stunts like sleepovers at the home of a prospect to keep Michigan's name in the news.
The invite-only event will be held in a 3,500-seat auditorium on Michigan's campus and is being used to raise funds to fight childhood cancer in memory of Chad Carr, the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who died in November.