Michigan struck quickly on its biggest recruiting weekend since last winter. So quick as a matter of fact that not even Detroit Cass Tech headman Thomas Wilcher was prepared for word that two of his prized pupils – Delano Hill and David Dawson – had committed to his alma mater.
“What?! No, I wasn’t expecting it,” exclaimed Wilcher laughingly. “I didn’t even know that Delano went back (to Ann Arbor) today. He just went up there for an unofficial visit (Friday) to watch practice. I thought Dave wanted to take visits and all that. I understand why Delano did it. I just thought Dave wanted to make sure he took all of his visits.”
Both youngsters are making verbal commitments for a second time. Hill was previously committed to Iowa and only recently picked up an offer from Michigan. Dawson, on the other hand, was committed to Michigan and his well-documented decommittment had Wilcher believing that his big lineman had no chance of reconnecting with the Wolverines. Now that Dawson is back in the Maize & Blue mix, Wilcher plans to aid the talented youngster in staying solid this time.
“When schools started talking to him (before) he started teetering and tottering,” Wilcher recalled. “I’ll tell you this… nobody (from other programs) is coming into the school (to speak to Dawson) and he won’t be getting any phone calls either… from nobody. It’s over. (Other coaches) are going to come in to talk about Kenton Gibbs and my other kids now. (Hill and Dawson) better not send me through anymore changes! (Laughter).”
Dawson’s pledge helps further fill a huge need in the trenches in Ann Arbor. Hill, meanwhile, helps shore up a secondary that lacks depth… particularly at corner.
“They want to play him at safety or at corner,” Wilcher explained. “Delano runs 4.4 and at worst a 4.49. He runs between 21-something and a 22 flat in the 200. He has good recovery speed and good footwork. Great feet. He can play anything. He is tall, he is strong, and he is physical. He is going to be able to go out there and lock up people (at corner) or he can drop back and play safety. He has got it going on.”
That last statement is apparently applicable to all three of Michigan’s Cass Tech commits this year.
“I can tell you this right here… (Jourdan Lewis) is a bad boy, Delano is a bad boy, and Dawson is a bad boy,” boasted Wilcher. “They got three bad ass kids. Trust me! They got three bona fide bad boys right there. All three of them will help Michigan ascend to great heights. Trust me on that. I know. I got two state titles off them! (Laughter).”