Rashan Gary, Wolverine

Rashan Gary, Wolverine

February 3, 2016
Rashan Gary

Rashan Gary

Paramus (NJ) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary committed to Michigan on National Signing Day. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas, USC, and everyone else.

Gary is 6’5″, 290 lbs. He claims a 4.86 forty. As a senior in 2015, he made 55 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. As a junior in 2014, he made 51 tackles 16 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. He played in the Under Armour All-American Game in January.

ESPN: 5-star, 94 grade, #1 DT, #1 overall
Rivals: 5-star, #1 DT, #1 overall
Scout: 5-star, #1 DT, #1 overall
247 Sports: 5-star, 100 grade, #1 DT, #1 overall

Hit the jump for more on Gary.

Gary was offered by Michigan during Brady Hoke’s tenure. The Wolverines were strong in his recruitment throughout, even as various other national powers (or ace recruiters) made runs at him. At different times, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss, and USC were all thought to be Michigan’s main competition. It seemed like Michigan would pull him in fairly comfortably until this past weekend, when an official visit to Clemson materialized. Up until that point, Alabama and Clemson were battling for the final official visit of his recruiting process, so most (including me) figured that an uncertain final official meant Michigan would be the hands-down decision. But then buzz started to increase for the Tigers. Truthfully, you can’t blame a kid for looking at Clemson, where they have done a good job of developing talent and winning games lately. However, lots of insiders – and yours truly – kept their picks on Michigan, the long-time leader. It’s difficult to overcome a big lead with one good weekend, but Clemson also pulled off a stunner that would have deflated Michigan fans for a long time.

I did a scouting report on Gary back in May of 2015 (LINK) that summarizes a lot of my thoughts. One thing that I think has been reinforced since then is Gary’s motor. During practices for the Under Armour All-American Game, as well as during the game itself, he earned praises for going hard on every snap. Analysts mentioned how it was rare for such an elite player to have such a strong motor, but that’s a quality Gary has. I also think Gary improved his hand placement from his junior to his senior year.

I am not prone to superlatives, but Gary is a potential #1 NFL Draft pick someday. He is the consensus #1 player in the country, and he has essentially everything one would want in a defensive tackle: size, quickness, speed, strength, technique, intelligence, work ethic, etc. I suppose if you were building a prototype, you might want him to be 310 lbs. or run a 4.6, but realistically, he is as good as you get with high school defensive tackles. I think he can live up to his potential, too, because he seems like a fairly humble kid who does not have some of the characteristics that I question in recruits. His work ethic and motor will potentially let him reach heights that other physically gifted tackles have not been able to reach in the past.

Several weeks ago, I questioned people who said Gary could start at Michigan as a freshman. I did not think that would be the case with the players Michigan would return on the defensive line (Ryan Glasgow, Chris Wormley, Willie Henry, Taco Charlton, etc.). However, Willie Henry declared for the NFL Draft, which left a bit of a hole. Now I think it’s entirely possible that Gary is a starter for Michigan this fall. He could probably play nose tackle eventually if you wanted him to, but he’s more of a 3-tech in four-man fronts or a strongside end in three-man looks.

Gary is the third player to come to Michigan from Paramus (NJ) Catholic in the past three recruiting classes. He joins defensive back Jabrill Peppers (the #3 overall player in 2014) and offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty, both of whom will be redshirt sophomores this fall. All three players were coached by Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge, who left Paramus last year to become Michigan’s recruiting coordinator. Michigan has also offered several up-and-coming players from the school, including 2017 linebacker Drew Singleton, 2017 defensive end Corey Bolds, and 2018 quarterback Allan Walters. Gary is also the sixth player from New Jersey to join the class, adding to WR Ahmir Mitchell, WR Brad Hawkins Jr., DE Ron Johnson Jr., RB Kareem Walker, and DT Michael Dwumfour.

Gary takes over the title from Peppers as Michigan’s highest-ranked recruit during the modern era. Here’s a link to Michigan’s all-time recruiting rankings (LINK), which have not yet been updated to include the 2016 class, but you can do the math.

TTB Rating: 100 (ratings explanation)


  1. Comments: 904
    Joined: 8/13/2015
    Feb 03, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    I knew he wasn’t going to Clemson, too many good girls.

  2. Comments: 54
    Joined: 9/28/2015
    Feb 03, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    100? That’s it?

    Best UM class ever? I know only time will tell, but…..this group is extremely versatile and athletic! UM may have had some literal higher rated classes, but the shine wore off some of the over-rated players!

    • Comments: 3181
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      Feb 03, 2016 at 6:17 PM

      The shine always wears off some players. Will in this class too – that’s how recruiting is for everybody, even Alabama, USC, LSU, etc.

    • Comments: 158
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      suduri xusai
      Feb 03, 2016 at 6:27 PM

      Yeah. History will tell, as Brady Hoke’s 2012 and 2013 classes were top 5 but they turned out to be more like top 25 in terms of performance…

      Let’s see how this class forms the foundation of Harbaugh regime going forward.

      • Comments: 3181
        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Feb 03, 2016 at 7:13 PM

        We had a top 10 team last year thanks to almost ALL Brady Hoke’s guys. The difference between Hoke and Harbaugh will be more evident on the field than on the recruiting trail.

  3. Comments: 3181
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Feb 03, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Keep it 100. Gary’s universal and exception-free praise reminds me of Peppers. I’m sure it’s happened before but I can’t remember such unanimity in rankings for a #1 guy. Literally have not heard one bad thing or even a question about this kid. Impossible not to be excited.

    Who knows if he’ll start in place of Henry or come in behind Hurst or Charlton, but really who cares. Gary should play a significant role as a freshman and then give Michigan a smooth transition when Glasgow, Charlton, and Wormley graduate after next year.

    Michigan has 6 very good linemen for 6 DL spots (2 guys each for 3 positions): Glasgow / Wormley / Charlton / Mone / Hurst / Godin. 1 or more will probably get hurt, so they definitely will use Gary.

    • Comments: 635
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      Feb 03, 2016 at 6:15 PM

      I expect to see Gary even if no one gets hurt. The #1 player in the country doesn’t redshirt. And I’d be shocked if he weren’t better than Godin from the day he stepped on campus.

      • Comments: 3181
        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Feb 03, 2016 at 7:11 PM

        Yeah, I agree. My point is just that they’ll almost certainly need a 6th guy and if you’re talking about 6 linemen – one of them is going to get hurt. Even if Gary wasn’t the consensus #1 recruit in the country, there is room for a freshman DLmen to play.

        If, in the unlikely event that EVERYONE is healthy, then someone will either move aside to a different position or to the bench. Of the guys listed Godin would be lowest on the pecking order so far, but even he was taking snaps from Henry/Wormley/Hurst last year.

      • Comments: 2083
        Joined: 7/13/2015
        Feb 04, 2016 at 6:04 AM

        I don’t think anyone would believe that Gary will redshirt. The question was whether he’ll be a starter or whether he’ll be a rotation guy.

  4. Comments: 158
    Joined: 9/3/2015
    suduri xusai
    Feb 03, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Hallelujah. After that Da’Shawn Hand bullshit we finally have a 5-star DT who is as elite as it can get.

  5. DonAZ
    Comments: 319
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    Feb 03, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    I’ll be interested to hear how he does against the best of our OL during practices and scrimmages. I’ll be even more interested in hearing about our OL elevating because in practices they’re facing a guy like this.

    We have Mattison at DL at least one more year. With the players he has at his disposal he’s gotta be thinking it’s going to be too much fun to step away right now.

    • Comments: 158
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      suduri xusai
      Feb 03, 2016 at 6:23 PM

      I hope Mattison stays for the next 10 years. The guy is awesome and is a team player in the coaching staff. I believe he will make our DL elite this year.

      Oh and Rashan Gary starts as freshman.

    • Comments: 3181
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      Feb 03, 2016 at 7:14 PM

      Facing this sort of dominant DL will surely help the OL.

  6. Tartarsauce
    Comments: 76
    Joined: 1/22/2016
    Feb 04, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    This Gary commit post was beautiful to read, 100! Really looking forward to seeing Gary and our other 100 recruit, Peppers, on the field together this season.

  7. Comments: 5
    Joined: 2/4/2016
    Feb 04, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Thunder, sorry if this is right under my nose and I’m just missing it, but is there anywhere on the site with all commits organized by TTB ranking? I know I can find it by clicking on each individual commitment post, but it would be awesome to be able to see all the TTB rankings in one place.

    • Comments: 2083
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Feb 04, 2016 at 7:20 PM

      Unfortunately, there’s not one place to see all the TTB Ratings. As of right now, you have to look at the individual offer boards for each year. TTB Ratings for classes previous to 2016 are on the old site (www.touchthebanner.blogspot.com).

      • Comments: 5
        Joined: 2/4/2016
        Feb 09, 2016 at 7:29 PM

        Thanks Thunder. Never noticed that there was a ratings column on the offer board pages. This is exactly what I was looking for (except that ideally we would be able to sort by ranking).

        • Comments: 2083
          Joined: 7/13/2015
          Feb 09, 2016 at 7:32 PM

          I added the ratings column two or three weeks ago, so it’s relatively new. Unfortunately, the columns aren’t sortable on the rosters. If I could find a plugin that made that possible, that would be awesome.

    • Comments: 91
      Joined: 12/19/2015
      Feb 04, 2016 at 10:10 PM

      Eh-hemmm. I’ve said the same thing to Thunder for awhile. Maybe if we get a few more people with the same suggestion he’ll cave in!

      Love the rating system and analysis. To me at least, his evaluation is the bread and butter to the site but it’s really hard to find and becomes frustrating.

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