Delaware Football Adds QB Long After Most Commit
Months after the two dates when college football teams typically sign high school recruits, the University of Delaware suddenly has an incoming quarterback.
Noah Sanders, a senior from Brooke Point High in Stafford, Va., announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he would be attending Delaware.
“Thank God for this opportunity I’ve been dreaming of ever since I first picked up a soccer ball,” it read in part.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Sanders had been a starter since his freshman year and, according to various recruiting sites and Twitter, had been offered scholarships by the FBS Old Dominion and Charlotte programs.
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A high-achieving student with a 3.8 GPA, Sanders had also been courted by Ivy Leaguers Harvard, Yale and Columbia.
But it looks like Delaware is his next step.
The Blue Hens did not have a quarterback in the recruiting classes they announced during signing days Dec. 15 or Feb. 2.
December’s group consisted of players who signed up to former Delaware coach Danny Rocco and his team, but remained with Delaware after Rocco was fired on November 29 and replaced by Ryan Carty on November 10. december. The February signers were all transfers.
Since then, Delaware has added another freshman in Jo’Nathan Silver, a running back from Washington Township, New Jersey.
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Now comes Sanders, whose highlight video from last season shows him throwing long passes but also crossing and clearing away from tacklers. The multi-threat quarterback passed for 1,361 yards and rushed for 420 while scoring 22 touchdowns in nine games.
At Delaware, he will join a quarterback team led by Smyrna High grad graduate Nolan Henderson, who set a UD season completion percentage record while being first-team All-CAA in the spring of 2021. but his fall was cut short by injury in the fourth game.
It also includes Salesianum graduate Zach Gwynn, who replaced Henderson last year; Anthony Paoletti, who was used primarily as a wild quarterback to run football; Cade Pribula, who appeared in a UD match and was plagued with injuries; and freshman Ryan O’Connor, who climbed to No. 3 on the depth chart during recently completed spring drills.
Delaware is also recruiting quarterbacks from the Class of 2023.
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