Former NFL linebacker and Detroit native Bart Scott previews what Michigan is getting in freshman defensive lineman Rashan Gary.

Former NFL linebacker, Detroit native, and current CBS Sports analyst Bart Scott previews what Michigan is getting in freshman defensive lineman Rashan Gary. After training Gary for four years Scott sees greatness on the horizon for his ultra talented pupil.

Video interview by Sam Webb

Spending 11 seasons terrorizing quarterbacks in the NFL, it's fair to say Bart Scott knows a thing or two about the game of football.

A Detroit native and former player under both Greg Mattison and John Harbaugh with the Baltimore Ravens, Scott's relationship with the Harbaugh family runs deep.

"I can remember his dad (Jack Harbaugh) coming down and listening to some of his war stories," Scott told The Michigan Insider. 

"But we go even further back than that, his dad coached against me at Western Kentucky when I was at Southern Illinois so we have an inner woven type of history with each other."

A highly recruited athlete out of the east side of Detroit back in 1998, how the heck did Scott, now an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, end up out of state at Southern Illinois? 

"That's a longer story and listen you don't have enough battery for that," Scott said. "I actually committed to Michigan State as a junior, me and Antonio Gates and it was actually like the split of Michigan, they had me and Gates going there, Larry Foote and I believe D.J. Williams going to Michigan. 

"Then you had Ron Johnson going to Minnesota, Chester Taylor, Kris Jenkins, Anthony Adams, there was a lot of talent going to Penn State. That was a very talent rich year that year, 1998."

Recently making his way to Ann Arbor for one of Michigan's many camps this June, Scott spends some of his time mentoring young football players looking to follow in his footsteps.

One of those protégés just so happens to be Michigan incoming freshman defensive lineman Rashan Gary .

With a relationship dating all the way back to the eighth and ninth grade, Scott knows exactly what Gary is all about.

"All Rashan want to do is find the best places to eat," Scott said. "He's a foodie. He wants to eat food, food, food. He's a quiet kid and he'll adjust here to the Midwest pretty easy."

Now officially on campus in Ann Arbor, Gary figures to be an impact player of some sort this fall. 

"I think he can give Michigan a weapon," Scott said. "He adds a lot of versatility and he doesn't just have to be on the outside or inside, you can put him in certain match ups and I think you can exploit those match ups. 

"And one thing they can count on is the effort is going to be there. That engine runs hard and he's going to give it everything he has."

Lauded as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2016 class, Gary heads to Michigan with high expectations far and wide. For Scott, it's about how the New Jersey native handles that that will determine how successful he can be.

"He's going to come here to Michigan with a huge target on his chest and he has to prepare himself for the big culture shock," Scott said. 

"Now he's going against people on a different level, he's the small fish in the big pond and if he can lean on his technique, principles and core values, he'll be fine."

Scott stressed humility and being true to yourself, not buying into the bright lights and attention that can come off the field.

If Gary can focus on his tasks on the field and block out the outside noise, Scott believes the sky is the limit.

"He hasn't even scratched the surface yet," Scott said. "He's a hard worker. I can remember in eighth grade he started working out with me and we were pushing him. 

"He's a real quiet kid but he plays big and he let's his play do the talking. Me, I talked just as much as I played. He's cut from a different cloth but I think Michigan is getting a jewel."

In order to crack the rotation right away on the defensive line, Scott offered some very specific advice to the newest Wolverines.

"First of all he has to continue to play with leverage, use his height as an advantage, not a disadvantage," he said. "That being said, he can't expose his chest, he can't pop up, which he has a tendency to do sometimes. 

"I think in practice when he gets pancaked and realizes he's playing on a different level, he'll realize to get those numbers facing the ground and not popping them up."


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