The Opening: Rashan Gary's Evaluation

Jul. 12 -- Scout breaks down the performance of Rashan Gary, the top player in the 2016 class, at The Opening...

Rashan Gary entered The Opening as the No. 1 player in the nation and he lived up to billing as the five-star defensive tackle from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic performed well.

What stood out the most the way Gary, at 6-foot-4, 284 pounds, exploded at the snap of the ball like a tightly coiled spring. He was physical and violent in his movements, but the force and power created by his explosion was often too much for offensive linemen to handle.

There were times he was not quick enough with his hands to fend off the initial punch, including when he went against five-star offensive lineman Greg Little, but Gary's leg drive and power could no be matched by any other defensive lineman in attendance.

He has improved his strength and his ability to disengage, and keep in mind he plays defensive end in high school, so moving to defensive tackle at events like The Opening really showcase his natural ability. When it comes to recruiting, he has visits lined up for the coming weeks.

He will be at Georgia's Dawg Night on July 18, and is planning a trip to Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama later in the month. Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson, Rutgers Notre Dame, USC and UCLA all remain in contention for Gary, who is yet to publicly trim his list.


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