And they should after all.
Considering Gary, who was the consensus No. 1 overall prospect coming out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High, played and was coached by Partridge two years before committing to Michigan on National Signing Day Feb. 3.
“I can say I know him better than any other college football coach in the country does. That’s a fair statement,” Partridge said of Gary when he spoke to the media on Tuesday. “Sky is the limit with him. I think you guys will be pleasantly surprised when he shows up here.”
When he shows up – all 6-foot-4, 290-pounds of him – Gary should have no problem adjusting to the college game, says Partridge, who spoke highly of his prize commit.
“You just find when find that certain players just have something,” Partridge said. “It’s a work ethic. It’s a work ethic on the field and in the classroom. It’s a love for the game. They have a bounce in their step every time they hit the field.”
Partridge also coached Michigan star defender Jabrill Peppers at Paramus as well.
“Fortunately on a low level coaching in high school I was able to coach two of those guys,” Partridge said. “One of them is Jabrill, and one of them is Rashan. They just have it, you know? They take every single play they play at 110 miles per hour. So, I expect big things out of Rashan, and he expects that from himself.
Adding: “It’s not just going to be on the field but the community here at the school.”
Michigan plays its annual spring game on April 1.