ORLANDO, Fla. – Parmuas (N.J.) Catholic five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary very well could be Michigan’s next big haul in its 2016 class.
But if he ends up a Wolverine, he’s not letting anyone know till national signing day on Feb. 3, 2016, says Gary, who gave the latest in his recruitment at the Under Armour All-American Game practice today.
That being said, Michigan landed Wayne (N.J.) DePaul 2016 RB Kareem Walker early this month, which happens to be one Gary’s closest friends. Now that U-M has Walker part of its class, Gary says he intends on visit Ann Arbor again to check in on Walker next month.
“I got to talk to Kareem Walker, because he is an early enrollee,” said Gary on a potential visit to Michigan again. “I’ll probably go down and see him and Devin Bush.”
Adding: “Kareem Walker, that’s my boy. I face him every year on the schedule. We best friends. Basically, he was like ‘Go wherever you want to go.’ He is really not forcing me at all. He just wants me to pick the best school for me.”
What else is sticking out about Michigan?
“Of course my head coach (Chris Partridge out of Paramus), I have great relationship with Jabrill (Peppers) and Juwann (Bushell-Beatty), so if I go there, there can be guys I can lean to,” Gary said. “I guess you could say the family environment.”
Although he did add that the “Jersey” connection U-M has going won’t play too much into his decision.
“I see it, but at the end of the day I have to be selfish with this decision,” Gary said when asked about U-M’s New Jersey connection. “I have to think about myself and family. So you know, that doesn’t really appeal to me.”
However, U-M coach Jim Harbaugh has definitely made his mark in Gary’s recruitment.
“He’s a cool guy,” Gary said of Harbaugh. “But he a little different though, very different. I like talking to him. Every time I talk to him there is a lot of energy, as you know, a lot of energy, a pumped up guy. Sometimes when I talk to him he gets me ready even though I’m just relaxing, but yeah, he’s a cool guy.”
Gary says he hasn’t had a chance to talk with newly hired defensive coordinator Don Brown, but does know a little bit about his resume.
“It was good,” Gary said of U-M’s hire of Brown. “He is the best at what he do, that’s what everybody is saying. I just got to talk to him and get a feel for him.”
Scout.com’s No. 1 overall player says he plans on taking another official visit on Jan. 15th to USC. He also says LSU, Clemson and Georgia are up after the Trojans for his fifth and final official visit. He has already been on visits to Michigan, Auburn and Ole Miss.