ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Rated the No. 1 overall prospect out Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Rashan Gary is the most coveted recruit in the country coming out of high school. So as he starts his career at Michigan, for obvious reasons, there is much hype and anticipation with his arrival at U-M his freshman season.
But is Gary's hype justified? Well, fellow defensive lineman Chris Wormley seems thinks so, praising Gary for his workman-like attitude since his arrival on campus in June.
“Sometimes you get these top recruits and they’re jerks, or they’re primadonna’s or full of themselves,” Wormley said. “Rashan came in ready to work and willingly to learn. Which is something I admired in him because sometimes you come in and you’re like ‘I got this, my athletic ability will be able to make me the starter right away.’
“He’s embraced learning, he’s embraced coaching, he’s embraced the older guys saying ‘hey, this is how you do it, take this right step.” He’s embraced it all. Being a coachable person, a coachable player is a major when you’re a freshman coming in and trying to make a name for yourself.”
Gary being 6-foot-5, 287-pounds, helps too, says Wormley, who pointed other intangibles Gary brings to the table.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast, he’s quick, he’s everything you would want in a defensive lineman,” Wormley said of Gary. “He’s only 18 years old. So obviously he’s got a lot of growing to do and we’ll see that once get the pads on.”
No matter how much talent Gary possesses, Wormley says he’ll still need time to adjust to level of competition at the college level.
“I think when you’re guy like Rashan, when you’re the No. 1 recruit and this hype around him, people expect to be the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Wormely said. “When you come from high school to college it’s a big change no matter what high school program you come from. He’s still got some learning to do, but he’s obviously going to be a very good player. Hopefully he becomes a better player sooner than later. He’ll be there and he’ll help us out and contribute a lot.”
Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3.