Michigan incoming freshman Rashan Gary has big plans for his time in Ann Arbor, beginning with a rigorous summer workout regimen.

Michigan incoming freshman Rashan Gary has big plans for his time in Ann Arbor, beginning with a rigorous summer workout regimen.

Video by Sam Webb

Rashan Gary is less than 10 days from arriving in Ann Arbor.

June 18, the No. 1 overall football recruit in America in 2016 will go from that high honor to being another incoming freshman for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.

So close to embarking on what many call the best four years of life, Gary must be elated, right?

"I'm a mama's boy," Gary said laughing. "I'm a mama's boy. It's going to be hard. But you know, it's just for the best and I'm ready to go."

And go he shall.

Tabbed as the No. 1 overall football recruit in America in the 2016 class, expectations can understandably reach a tremendous high for player, coach and fans.

For Gary, a New Jersey native, penciling himself into the starting lineup isn't exactly what he has in mind right from the get go with the Wolverines.

"To be honest, I'm not focused about that right now," Gary said. "I'm just trying to go in, work hard, show everybody that I'm working hard and like I said, when I get there, I'm going to be under Taco (Charlton), I'm going to be under (Chris) Wormley, under basically everybody because of course they know more than me. 

"I'll just be trying to soak up what I have to learn, be a student of the game, work hard. Hard work is going to show off at the end of the day. Who knows. If I'm in, I'm in. If I'm not, I'm not."

Where Gary will fit into Michigan's deep defensive line depth chart continues to be a mystery.

At 6-foot-5, 290-pounds right now, the original plan had Gary sliding up and down the defensive line in as versatile a role as possible.

Now, there's at least somewhat of a game plan in place.

"When I get there I'm going to start at defensive end and then we're going to see how that works out and start being able to move around," he said. "But like I said, I got to learn the game first."

Another potential factor at play will be Gary's playing weight and ability to move within his reworked frame.

Once enrolled at Michigan, Gary's summer workout program is sure to be intense, prepping him for his first taste of college football action this fall.

"When I get there they said they're going to put 18 pounds of muscle on me," he said. "You're going to see me, my body is going to change completely different, just can't wait to see the change."

Either way, Gary is hoping the recent New Jersey to Michigan connection continues into the future, building towards a "national championship."

Gary's recruiting targets won't reside solely on the Jersey shore though.

"I'm contacting the whole ESPN 150 in 2017. I will be in your DM's, so get ready."

Video by Sam Webb.


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