Now, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Gary is the top prospect in Scout.com’s 2016 class.
He confirmed his transfer to Paramus (N.J.) Catholic earlier this week, and his offer list includes Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
As The Opening comes to a close today, Gary made headlines with his play and his physical tools. He was bumped up to the top spot in the class after showcasing his skills at the event.
Each Scout.com national analyst as well as Scout.com national recruiting director Scott Kennedy shared their thoughts on Gary after watching him perform:
Scott Kennedy, Director of Recruiting
I think when you're talking about a No. 1 guy in the country, you're basically looking at a physical freak who also makes plays. It doesn't get much more physically dominant in a combine setting then what Rashan Gary was able to do.
He's 6-4, 287, and I compared him to three skills players. He out-jumped a wide receiver, he out-shuttled a defensive back and he out-40'd a BCS safety commit. At 287 pounds, that's insane.
When you're taking about a No. 1 guy, you're looking for insanity like that. I don't think we have a true No. 1 in the class of 2015, but what Rashan Gary has been able to do on the field coming off his sophomore season, and what he did out here in the combine setting, he would have been an outstanding performer at the NFL combine, and I don't say that lightly. It's not just hyperbole. He's a physical phenom, and that's what you're looking for in a No. 1 guy in the nation, and that's why Rashan Gary is the No. 1 guy."
Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest
I had a chance to see Gary last Summer, when, just coming out of his freshman year, it was clear he was a prospect with the talent to be very highly ranked nationally. Fast-forward to this year and I got to see him going against the top rising seniors in the country and he not only looked like he belonged, he looked like he belonged among the top of the group. He's supremely athletic for someone of his size and age, and defensive tackles who can be disruptive and penetrate and pass rush along with clog up running lanes like him are rare.
Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst, West
He definitely has shown he belongs the last couple of days, with a number of good reps. The one thing he'll need to learn is the ability to develop some moves, instead of just trying to use his brute strength every time. But his future is very bright.
Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst, South
The big man was impressive at The Opening. He flashed a great first step off the ball and when his pad level was right, he showed he was one of the best regardless of class. He is a disruptive tackle with athletic me and lateral quickness. Length is there, he is athletic, and his upside is very high.
Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst, West
He has a college body right now. He has a great get off, very, very quick, he needs work on his technique, but his upside is off the charts. He’s a strong, powerful kid. Size, speed, quickness, everything …he’s got every single physical you could want.
Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
Gary is an impressive physical specimen. He has strength, speed and size, but he needs to work on his technique. When he learns to use his hands and incorporate different moves, he will be dominant. If you build a defensive tackle, this is the mold to use because of his frame, his ability to explode and his competitive fire.
Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst, East
The only knock on Gary is he’s raw, but that will come as he continues to develop as a player. He’s a hard worker and tremendous competitor, and that goes with physical tools that are jaw-dropping. He runs well, has great burst, plays low and is strong. He beat some of the best kids in the nation at The Opening using pure raw talent. Once it is refined, he will be scary good.
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst, Florida
"He's ridiculous. You don't often see kids at his size move and have athletic ability like that. Then, he backs it all up with his play on the field."
Gary wears No. 97 in black in the below clips