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New in Blue: 2016 linebacker Dele Harding

November 1st, 2014 by Justin Potts


Dele Harding(Scout)

Dele Harding – DL | 6-1, 232 | Elkton, Md. – Eastern Christian
ESPN: 3-star, NR Rivals: 4-star, #5 ILB 247: 3-star, #17 ILB Scout: 3-star, #29 OLB
Other top offers: USC, Tennessee, UMass

Despite the turbulence surrounding the Michigan football program, Brady Hoke picked up a third commitment for the 2016 class on Friday. Just minutes before new U-M president Mark Schlissel held a press conference to announce the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon, Elkton, Md. linebacker Dele Harding announced his commitment to Michigan via Twitter.

There’s quite a bit of difference of Harding’s rankings among the four major recruiting services. ESPN hasn’t ranked him yet, but rates him a three-star. Scout and 247 both also rate him a three-star, though 247 ranks him a bit higher as the 17th-best inside linebacker. Scout has him as their 29th-best outside linebacker. Rivals is the highest on Harding, rating him a four-star and their fifth-best inside linebacker in the class. They’re all pretty much in agreement about his size, listing him at 6’1″ and between 230 and 235 pounds.

Harding attends the same high school that current Michigan freshmen Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson attended and impressed the coaching staff at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp over the summer where he earned an offer. The only other offers Harding holds are from USC, Tennessee, and UMass.

Harding joins Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) quarterback Messiah deWeaver and Downers Grove, Ill. offensive lineman Eric Swenson in the 2016 class.