After sending Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson to Michigan last year, Eastern Christian Academy coach Dwayne Thomas is unabashed in his support of the Maize & Blue. That’s why he was elated when he received word Wolverines offered his latest protégé, 2016 LB Dele' Harding.
“Brady (Hoke) was ready to pull the trigger last year (at camp), but I think (Harding) was a little young,” said Thomas. “They saw some film on him of last season and they saw how he progressed. It is a smart move by them. He can be a Michigan man type of guy. He looks like a Michigan man I would say.”
Harding apparently feels a little like one too. In time he may actually be one.
“He was happy (about the offer),” Thomas said of Harding. “He thought that it was great! He was really happy. Dele' is a kid that’s raised by a real good father and mother, and he is going to look at all of his options. But I would say to me, Dele' is a Michigan type guy.”
“I just think that Freddy and Brandon when they committed were a year older. Dele' is going to be a junior. If you want to do the equivalent to them, Dele' is a sophomore going to his junior year. They committed their junior year going into their senior year. I think he’ll finish camping this summer. He has still got a whole season and offseason.”
The Wolverines joined Massachusetts, Tennessee, and USC on Harding’s offer list, but the Trojans hold the distinction of having been the first to extend a scholarship. Many have speculated that that makes the PAC-12 power the leader.
“I wouldn’t say that,” replied Thomas when asked about the rumor. “No, no… that’s a new staff…. I don’t know them. I knew the old staff. I don’t know these (guys) over there now.”
He does know Michigan, though. That Watson and Canteen have already had extremely positive experiences in Ann Arbor has only served to make him feel more comfortable.
“(Canteen and Watson) come home and they talk good about Michigan and talk about how they operate,” said Thomas. “I’ve got kids in a lot of schools and I like the way they operate. I like Brady Hoke. I want to see Brady do well.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Harding in the coming days and weeks.