The Big Orange doesn’t regularly go into the East Region and pluck top-shelf talent, however, it would be doing exactly that if it signed the Scout No. 1 player in the nation in February 2016.
Gary spoke with experience watching the defense led by head man Butch Jones and coordinator John Jancek as to some of what he likes about the prospects of playing at Tennessee.
“Man, just SEC ball and I love the way they get after it on defense,” the Scout five-star told InsideTennessee.
Gary, who visited Georgia for Dawg Night and LSU even more recently, said Scout No. 6 quarterback, Tennessee commit and New Jersey native Jarrett Guarantano consistently whispers orange-clad thoughts in the No. 1-rated defensive tackle’s ear.
“I talk to (Guarantano) every day, every day,” Gary said. “He’s been on me so hard. He’s saying it’s a great visit. That’s also going to be another visit I’m going to take. I’m going to try to get it done before the summer.”
In 2015, Tennessee signed the nation’s No. 1 player and five-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie. He and Gary competed together at The Opening finals in July 2014 and built a bond. The two playing next to one another could be an unstoppable force, even in a line-of-scrimmage league like the Southeastern Conference.
“It would help because last year I came and I was a youngin’ and (McKenzie) was the one that each day took me step by step. I asked him what I should do in this, and he kept me pushing. So, you know, he’s a guy that I feel comfortable with and I know he’s going to push me to be the best I can,” Gary said.
Look no further than the woman of the house to discover what it’s going to take to get Gary to ink a National Letter of Intent.
“It’s going to come down to where my Mom feels comfortable at the place I’m going to be 3-4 years,” Gary said. “Then, the academics to make sure they have a plan for me when I walk in. And especially the food because I like to eat.”
The 6-foot-4, 286-pounder totaled 55 tackles and 14 sacks in 11 games for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic in 2014.