All of the turmoil surrounding Michigan football did nothing to shake the feeling Dele’ Harding has long had about Michigan. On the day where the eyes of the college football world were on Ann Arbor because of the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon, Harding phoned Brady Hoke to offer his commitment.
It was a decision that the Elkton (Md.) Christian Academy star began leaning toward the moment he was offered last summer.
“Brady was ready to pull the trigger last year (at camp), but I think (Harding) was a little young,” said Eastern Christian Academy coach Dwayne Thomas. “They saw some film on him from 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.”
“He was happy (about the offer). He thought that it was great. Dele’ is a kid that was raised by a real good father and mother. He is going to look at all of his options, but I would say to me, Dele’ is a Michigan type guy.”
Harding’s father David was also along for the trip and saw Michigan for the first time. It proved to be an experience that made an extremely positive impression.
“I thought everything was phenomenal,” Mr. Harding said. “The history of it as well as the commitment to their players -- it was very family oriented atmosphere. I was very impressed.”
Clearly so too was his son.
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