Saturday’s Under Armour All American game was a fitting end to Rashan Gary's high school career. The nation’s top player turned in a virtuoso performance against elite competition, and the people that mean the most to him were there to see it.
"It was fun,” Gary’s mother Jennifer Coney said. “I had the whole family down here. Seeing Rashan, cheering him on his last high school football game… I'm not going to get emotional…not yet, but I am so proud of him and I am so happy for him. This is something that he has worked and worked for. Something that he prayed on and he got it. Couldn't get any better than this."
With his days as a prep now officially behind him, Gary’s athletic focus will shift completely to recruiting. Next on the agenda before entering final deliberations will be taking his last few visits.
"Two or three (more),” Mrs. Coney said. “He has two or three official visits and, depending on where he's at, if he still needs to go see another school that's what we're going to do. We want to make the best informed decision for Rashan's future."
He also has one unofficial visit on the docket… another trip back to Michigan where he will be hosted by his good friend Kareem Walker. The recruiting process hasn’t just brought the recent Wolverine commit closer to Gary, it has brought him closer to Gary’s mom also.
"That's how we got with Kareem,” Mrs. Coney stated. “He's such a sweetie. Kareem went to several camps, several combines… and I'm always tagging around Rashan, so we all just got close."
While that relationship is certainly a feather in Michigan’s cap, Mom is overwhelmingly consistent about the factors that will weigh the heaviest in her son’s final decision.
"You know I'm going to start with academics,” she said. “I want a good environment, when you leave that campus, what's going on? I don't expect Rashan to be (on campus all the time). I want to know what's going on outside of campus. Teachers, coaches, everything is going to play an important part. And, like Rashan said, food."
Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for Mrs. Coney's thoughts on the pros and cons of Michigan, whether she and her son are in agreement about his favorites, and more.