BEAVERTON, Ore. – Rashan Gary arrived at The Opening ranked as the nation’s top overall prospect. He left as the event’s top defensive lineman, leading a talented group and backing up preconceptions about his game.
The nation’s top prospect later did something unexpected. He restated plans to visit Notre Dame after bypassing the campus during a recent Midwest swing that included stops at Ohio State and Michigan.
“That’s a visit I want to take and I will take it,” Gary said.
Notre Dame’s coaching staff has remained in hot pursuit of the dominating defensive tackle.
“They’re cool. I like them because they’re building a relationship with me and also with my family,” he said. “We’re right now trying to schedule a visit for me coming up. They said it’s just a place you’ve got to come up and see for yourself.”
Gary expects to soon name a top five, with or without having seen Notre Dame.
“I’m in the middle of breaking down my list,” he said. “I’m trying to get a top five before the first game of the season.”
Notre Dame’s coaching staff has every reason to continue to recruit Gary, a veteran of this event.
“It’s my second time here,” Gary said. “It was an event I couldn’t wait for coming back. I had a goal. I came here and I completed it.”
Gary wasn’t flawless but he did learn from his mistakes.
“I took the coaching and what they told me,” he said. “They told me to go back to the way that got me here and as you seen in the final five I lost one and they told me to get back to the way I played and once I did that I won.”
Notre Dame commitment Parker Boudreaux was one of the offensive linemen that had success against Gary. Boudreaux won at least two head-to-head reps against Gary during the week.
“He’s strong,” Gary said. “If he gets his hands on you fast it’s over. That’s a guy you’ve got to play with movement.”