Three Major Factors will Decide Rashan Gary’s Future

The battle for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive lineman Rashan Gary is now just a few months away from ending. After his team’s loss to IMG Academy Friday evening he updated his official visit plans, shared his thoughts on Michigan and Auburn, and laid the key criteria in his decision-making process.

Recruiting has been on the backburner for much of the fall for Rashan Gary, but the nation’s top prospect was able to steal a little time to devote to his recruitment a few weeks back when he made his way to Michigan for his first official visit. His third trip to Ann Arbor turned out to be every bit as enjoyable as the first two.

“It was good,” said Gary. “I took that visit with my linebacker Drew Singleton. We had a good time, we went to the business school (since) that’s what I want to major in. From there I had to taste the food. That’s going to be key. From there I just sat down with academics to see what kind of support they have. It was a great visit and I had already been there a couple of times. I just hit spots I hadn’t hit before.”

Gary’s mom opted to do the same during what was her second visit to Michigan. As she detailed in her interview with The Michigan Insider immediately following the visit, she focused much of her attention on the Maize & Blue attributes away from the football field.

“She decided to walk on campus,” Gary said. “She had a good walk, everybody was saying hi and being nice. Up in Jersey you don’t get that a lot. If you say hi to someone they might just keep it pushing, but in Michigan everybody is nice and they answer any type of question you ask.”

The hospitality that was seemingly ingrained in the campus culture made a distinct impression. That much was clear when he was asked what he found surprising at a place with which he’d already become fairly familiar.

“How it’s just family,” replied Gary. “How it’s family. I really took (that to heart).”

That just complements the family feel he gets within the program thanks to the presence of his former coach Chris Partridge on the staff and his good friend Jabrill Peppers on the team. It all adds up to Michigan strengthening its position in his recruitment, but the race is still a few pit stops away from being over.

“The only visit I have planned is the Auburn versus Bama game,” Gary reported. “That’s going to be physical. Besides that, (I’m) just focused on the football season … state championship game.”

“The rest of my visits are going to come after the season but I don’t know which ones.”

Auburn’s standing as the only other planned official has fueled speculation that the Tigers and Wolverines are battling for the #1 spot on Gary’s list. The talented youngster dismissed such talk, insisting he doesn’t yet have a leader. That said, those two programs do possess many of characteristics he is looking for in the school he eventually selects.

“It’s going to be how my mom feels at that college… (is she) comfortable,” said Gary. “It’s going to be food, academics and that’s about it.”

So what stands out about Auburn?

Said Gary, “Family environment, food, and just the defensive scheme that they have.”

And Michigan?

“Academics, family environment, and having my mom feel comfortable there,” he said.

Gary plans to announce his decision January 2nd during the Under Armour All American game.

Stay tuned to the Michigan Insider for highlights of Gary’s performance versus IMG Academy coming later today.

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