Englewood (N.J.) Dwight Morrow first-year coach Barry Harris has turned that program around, and while he has a talented junior class, two seniors have helped lead the change.
Athlete Derek Gaddy and running back Naquan Thomas are having strong seasons and at the very least will end up playing for a FCS program this time next year. Thomas, who moved from quarterback to running back before the season started, is hearing from Rutgers and Temple, too.
He lined up a visit to Temple back in October.
“They like I’m an athlete, like my size and that I’m a playmaker with the ball,” he said. “I heard about them a lot and a lot of good players went there.”
Delaware is looking at both players, and Thomas’ cousin Malcolm Bush is a tight end for the Blue Hens after transferring in from Rutgers before the season started.
“He said it’s good, team is good and campus life is fun,” Thomas said.
As for Gaddy, FCS programs Central Connecticut State, Monmouth, Stony Brook and Towson are waiting to see his senior film, and Division II New Haven is showing the most interest. Despite being Division II, it is one of the programs Gaddy likes most, as New Haven is 9-0 and ranked No. 3 in the Division II poll.
“We went to one of the games and we realized they have a great football program,” Gaddy said. “The game I went to was 65-5 so that opens your eyes that it’s a good school.”