Posted at 7:15am — 2/6/2016

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recently signed commitment Rashan Gary.

The late and most great Alfred Hitchcock would certainly have been proud of the drama associated with the recruitment of the 2016 consensus number one recruit, Rashan Gary of Paramus Catholic High School. Michigan was always at or near the forefront of the long and well publicized recruitment, but the final result is now known: Gary is a Michigan Wolverine.

The attention is frequently like that for the nation’s top recruit the last few years, and it has become common practice to sign on National Signing Day with the media providing an assist.

Besides Jabrill Peppers, Michigan has not received a commitment from a player as highly ranked for quite some time. His promise is notable; his journey to the top of high school football was impressive. Now however Rashan Gary starts over. It is the hope of Michigan faithful that Gary again climbs the ladder. Michigan is/was in need of new blood on the defensive line, as many will end their playing careers at the end of the 2016 season.

Rashan has some flaws, but at camp events and the Army All-Star game, he clearly was the toughest guy to block. He could be an inside force, one Michigan has lacked since Mike Martin’s senior season.

There will be initial questions as to whether or not Rashan will fit the Michigan defensive scheme. Clearly, Rahan’s interest did not wane when Durkin left for Maryland and Don Brown took over. Clearly, Brown has been around the block and knows that when he is presented a gift cannon; find a place or scheme to maximize the firepower. Rashan is good enough to be moved around affording Michigan versatility in scheme and the use of Gary. He can rush the edge and clog the middle. For a big guy he is fast and with work in strength and conditioning and reshaping his final body structure, Rashan could become dominant at the next level. He should, with coaching and good fortune regarding injury, be a big force. The question will be can he dominate or merely contribute as a freshman? This is tough to pull off, but not out of the realm of possibility. Eventually, Gary should caused defensive coordinators to game plan heavily to offset his talents.

In today’s sphere, it is dangerous to red-shirt such talent, since it is far from a certainty such a talented player will be on campus more than three years. There is promise, the promise is high, but guarantees are few and far between. Still, all of Michigan fandom is celebrating.

Rashan Gary
Height: 6’5
Weight: 293
Birthday: December 3, 1997
Number: 55 (All-American Game)
Current Position: Defensive Tackle
Future Position: Defensive Line
City/State: Plainfield, New Jersey
High School: Paramus Catholic
Head Coach: John Westervelt
Recruiter: Chris Partridge and Greg Mattison
Official Visit: 9/25/2015
Committed: 2/3/16
Top 5 Offers: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
Other Visits: Auburn (11/27/2015), Clemson (1/29/2016), Mississippi (11/20/2015), and USC (1/15/2016).
40-Time: 4.86
20-yard shuttle: 4.59
Vertical: 32.6″
Power Throw: 35′
SPARQ Rating: 95.82
GPA: 3.85
All-Star Game: The Opening and Under Armour All-American Game
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

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So proud to say I'm officially committed to THE University of Michigan


24/7: … #1 Player in the country.
ESPN: … #1 Player in the country.
Rivals: … #1 Player in the country.
Scout: … #1 Player in the country.

Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 9 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Michigan Coach Don Brown on Rashan Gary:

Rashan is a difference maker. He can rush on the edge. He’s extremely physical and talented. He has a great motor and plays hard every down. Rashan is also a guy we can move around and play at any of the four down defensive line positions. I was really impressed with how hard he played in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Michigan Coach Greg Mattison on Rashan Gary:

Rashan Gary is an outstanding football player and a person with great character. He is the No. 1 player in the country for a reason and deserves that recognition. Rashan is physically talented individual and does an outstanding job at the point of attack in the run and as a pass rusher. Every time that he goes against someone, he has the ability and opportunity to dominate them — he has a will to succeed. We are very excited to add Rashan to our defense and have him join the Michigan family.

Key Stats:

• Registered 55 tackles, 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior.
• Collected 55 tackles and 14 sacks during junior year.


• 2015 USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
• USA Today High School All-America first team.
• Participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game, Team Highlighter MVP.
• Consensus five-star prospect by,, 247sports and ESPN.
• Rated as the top prospect in the nation by, and ESPN.
• PrepStar Magazine Top 150 Dream Team, the nation’s No. 2 player and the top defensive line prospect.


Rashan Gary is a high school superstar who is capable of playing anywhere on the defensive line. We like him as a 3-tech in a 4-man front, or as a 5-tech in a 3-man front. He recorded 10 tackles and 27.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Rashan played for one of the true powerhouse programs on the East Coast, Paramus Catholic. He is an excellent student with a reported 3.85 GPA.


Rashan Gary is a super combination of size, power and athletic ability in a jumbo player. As mentioned, he moves extremely well for his size and has good agility and bend for a defensive lineman. He uses his get off and quickness to get to offensive linemen and knock them off balance. Rashan also uses his strength to cause offensive linemen to back up. Rashan does a nice job in pursuit and has a solid closing burst. He even has the frame to add more strength and good weight.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Rashan is a bit raw and will need to refine his technique. He will also need to learn to punch and use his hands to defeat college level blocks and get off blockers. Also, it can be expected that he will need work to fight through double team blocks that are almost certain.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely play. We would like to see him red-shirt to maximize his transition time, but he likely will play, number one signees play. We would feel a lot more comfortable his first year if he came in early, but that isn’t the case.

Rashan Gary reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Gabe Watson — who played Defensive Line.

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2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan has twenty-eight signed commits at this time with Brandon Peters — Enrolled — (QB), Kingston Davis — Enrolled — (FB/HB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Chris Evans (Slot), Sean McKeon — Enrolled — (TE), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), Ron Johnson Jr. (DE), Brad Hawkins (WR), Ahmir Mitchell — Enrolled — (WR), Carlo Kemp — Enrolled — (DE/LB), Nate Johnson (WR), Devin Bush Jr. — Enrolled — (LB), Kareem Walker — Enrolled — (RB), Dylan Crawford (WR), Stephen Spanellis (OL), David Long (CB), Joshua Uche (DE), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (LB). Michael Dwumfour (DL), Eddie McDoom (Slot), Khaleke Hudson (LB/FB), Nick Eubanks (TE), LaVert Hill (CB), Quinn Nordin (K/P), Rashan Gary (DL), and Devin Asiasi (TE).

At this time Dytarious Johnson (LB) is still committed to Michigan, but has to complete some school work before his letter of intent will be accepted.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Rashan Gary to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

Go Blue — Wear Maize!