Eastern Michigan got a good one. On Tuesday, defensive back Charles Gadie from Douglasville, Georgia announced his commitment to EMU around 3 p.m.
Best of all, this is a coming home celebration for him.
— Charles7️⃣Gadie (@_CharlesG7) August 1, 2017
“I’m originally from Detroit, I’ve been in Georgia for the past four years now,” Gadie told MAC Prospectus. “I’ve always wanted to play back at home, and (EMU) was the first school from Michigan to contact me and offer after my junior season.”
Gadie still has family and friends in Michigan, but he’s without his father, Gerald. Whenever Gadie tweeted about his recruiting updates, he always included “#RIPDAD.”
“My dad passed away when I was six … all I remember was that he was a really good guy, and people always tell me how I remind them of him. I know I was my dad’s favorite,” Gadie said.
Being closer to family that’s still in Southeast Michigan is a plus, but so is the chance at playing special teams for the Eagles. “(EMU likes) the way I can play man-to-man defense, my quickness, (head coach Chris) Creighton also said he likes the way I play special teams: kickoff return and punt returns,” Gadie said.
Listed at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, there’s an understanding that Gadie will have to put on some weight without his speed having to suffer.
Rivals has Gadie rated as a 3-star cornerback, no rating available on 247sports or Scout. Gadie also received offers from Purdue, Ball State, Arkansas State, Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, Jacksonville State Tulane, Tennessee State and Western Carolina.
Gadie didn’t announce his top three, but he narrowed down the list to EMU, Ball State and Arkansas State.
“I went on all the visits, and felt like i’d have a bigger fan base back at home,” Gadie said. “I can go to EMU and help change the program and make a name for myself.”