ORLANDO, Fla. – Five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary has been to Michigan multiple times already. However, his next visit to U-M’s campus will be different this time around.
Why? Well, because his “best friend,” Wayne (N.J.) DePaul 2016 RB Kareem Walker, will be an early enrollee at Michigan starting this January, and noted that Gary told him he will be visiting him sometime next month.
“Yeah, he’s taking his visits but it didn’t have nothing to do with me,” Walker said of Gary, who stars at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic and is the No. 1 overall player in the latest Scout.com player rankings. “When he mentioned it to me, I was like ‘Alright, come.’ Now, I’m like ‘You need to come, I’ll be down there. It’ll be one week we’re in Florida together and the next week I’m your host.’ So I think that would be real cool.”
And while the five-star New Jersey products remain close, Walker says he’s not pressuring Gary to join him in Ann Arbor.
“My message to him, nothing has changed,” Walker said. “I’m still committed, it never really changed. ‘I want you to play with me, but you got to make the best decision that is for you.’”
Current Michigan star Jabrill Peppers, who also hails from New Jersey, has been a major factor in why Walker has taken a laid back approach in recruiting Gary to Michigan.
“He’s actually here, I won’t get to see him,” Walker said of Peppers being in Orlando for the Citrus Bowl. “I get to see him next week (at U-M). But my whole thing why I’m not really pitching to Rashan ‘You need to come to Michigan, you need to come to Michigan.” Cause Jabrill didn’t do that with me. It was ‘I love you like a little brother; I am never going to mislead you. I feel like you can come in and make an impact early. But you have to go to another school, you go and do you. You’re going to be a good player.’
“So that is part of my reason why I don’t pitch to Rashan. When you’re real close how we are real close, you don’t really got to sell a pitch. You’re bothers, so certain things you say to him you don’t really have to go into deep conversation about it. You know that you are trying to say really.”
Gary plans to announce his decision on Feb. 3, 2016, on national signing day.