Jim Harbaugh Offers Scholarship to Seventh-Grade Quarterback

MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during a game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Joe Robbins/IOS via AP)

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has offered a scholarship to a seventh-grade quarterback.

Dante Jacob Moore, a 13-year-old who will enter eighth grade in the fall at A.G.B.U. Alex & Marie Manoogian School, a charter program in Michigan, received the offer Monday after participating at Michigan’s football camp in Ann Arbor, according to Moore’s father, Otha Sr.

“(Harbaugh) just said he had heard word about him and (asked) was I bringing him to the camp,” Otha said. “He was looking forward to meeting him. He has been working out with Devin (Gardner) a lot, as well as Quarterback U. He has been on Devin’s Instagram. I think that’s where Harbaugh saw him.”

Recruiting middle schoolers isn’t out of the ordinary for Michigan which in May offered Tyler Martin, who played linebacker for Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham, Browne & Nichols High School last season as an eighth-grader. In March, Martin, Tenn., eighth-grader Ty Simpson got an offer from Michigan.

Moore, already 6 feet 2 and 165 pounds, plays for the Detroit Spartans, and has helped the team win three United Youth Football League national championships. It’s the same youth team Walled Lake Western quarterback Sam Johnson III played for. Johnson, in the class of 2019, received his first offer in the eighth-grade from Akron before eventually committing to Boston College in May.

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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, Perry A. Farrell