The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk and Sam Webb break down Rashan Gary's MVP performance, plus give feedback on current U-M commits & more.

The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk and Sam Webb break down Rashan Gary's MVP performance, plus give feedback on current Michigan commits and more.


Sam's take: Hyperbole is commonplace in recruiting evaluations, but every so often there is a prospects for whom there aren’t enough superlatives.  Paramus (N.J.) Catholic star Rashan Gary looked like one of those prospects in this year’s game.  The five-star standout lived up to his billing as the nation’s top prospect by again displaying a blend of size, power, and speed that has drawn comparisons to former elite prospects like Mario Williams, Jadeveon Clowney, and Robert Nkemdiche.  Against the best players in the country Gary showed it doesn’t really matter where the lucky program that lands him opts to line him up.  He dominated at defensive end Saturday, registering three sacks.  He showed great speed off the edge and the ability to shed blockers with great hand technique when engaged.  When he lined up at defensive tackle… the position he has long been projected to play… he was just as dominant.  There his “get off” really stood out.  He beat Terrance Davis on three straight snaps with such blinding off-snap quickness that he was by the recent Maryland commit before he was out of his stance.  But the trait that scouts and fans alike gained a much better appreciation for Saturday was Gary’s motor.  Simply put, it’s non-stop. He just… keeps… coming.  When extra blockers were sent his way to help overmatched offensive linemen, he just kept fighting to get through blocks.  When plays were run away from him he just kept chasing from the back side.  The kid has all the tools and he hustles on top of them.  About the only thing one could say he needs is more weight on his svelte 293 lb. (though it looks more like 260) frame.  This guy will be an impact pass rusher the moment he sets foot on a college campus.


Sam's take: Kareem Walker -- Walker has seen and will see better days.  The Garden State star never saw much daylight between the tackles (none of the black team’s backs did because of the relentless d-line play led by Gary), and he was forced to bounce many of his carries to the outside. That just isn’t where his bread is buttered.  Walker is a downhill, one-cut, and go back… and that’s how he’ll be used in Ann Arbor.


Josh’s take: Ben Bredeson had an impressive week down at the Under Armour All-American game. He played at right tackle, and looked impressive doing it. He showcased good feet and didn’t struggle with faster defensive ends throughout the week. While he might end up at offensive guard at Michigan, he proved that he is versatile enough to play on the outside. And looks the part of a player who can hit the field early on in his career.

Josh’s take: At 5-foot-11, 230-pounds, Devin Bush Jr. looks the part of future middle linebacker at Michigan. He made a nice sideline tackle on future teammate Kareem Walker during the contest, and clearly has enough speed to play linebacker at the next level. He finished with three tackles, including .5 tackles for loss in the game. Overall, he’ll need to get stronger, but U-M’s weight program should do wonders for him in year one. 


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