Jim Harbaugh nearly recruited RGIII to Stanford to play with Andrew Luck

Could you imagine a world where Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III played in one backfield together? San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh sure could.

While Harbaugh was building Stanford into a national power, he was hot on the recruiting trail attempting to lure RGIII to The Farm.

Harbaugh had already brought Luck out west from Texas, and he nearly pulled Griffin from the Lone Star State as well.

On Wednesday, while discussing the upcoming Monday night game between Washington and San Francisco, Griffin told Bay Area reporters why he didn’t end up at Stanford.

“He really wanted me to go there and play quarterback. I liked it at the end of the day, just figured it wasn’t the best option for me. He wasn’t happy about it, but he was still very professional about it.”

According to Griffin, Stanford’s enrollment procedures, specifically their lack of enrolling early graduates at that time, kept him from suiting up for the Cardinal.

“I was graduating early, and Stanford wasn’t allowing early graduates to enroll and that was the biggest issue.”

Griffin would go on to win the Heisman Trophy at Baylor and be selected No. 2-overall in the 2012 NFL Draft – one spot behind Luck.