Defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit from Paramus (New Jersey) Catholic announced his commitment to the Michigan Wolverines.
Gary became the Wolverines’ first-ever overall No. 1 recruit since the recruits were given a rank, as reported by ESPN.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was in the middle of hosting National Singing Day while the announcement was made. It was a relief for Harbaugh who had the likes of Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Ric Flair in attendance.
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Rashan Gary stated that he was all emotional on the build up to his announcement. He said that the coaches from Michigan and Clemson were always in contact and it took God’s sign for him to make the decision.
“I picked Michigan because that’s a place where I felt comfortable, and that’s a place where I feel my family felt comfortable. That’s a place where I feel the academic support is great and a degree holds a lot of weight.” Gary said on a live interview in ESPN.
Rashan Gary will be the first No. 1 overall player since Matt Barkley to break away from the nation’s best conference. He will also be the second No. 1 overall recruit to leave his home state for college.
Gary was always keen on joining Michigan. However, Clemson made a final push to capture their target with the defensive tackle visiting them last month.
Former Paramus Catholic head coach Chris Partridge’s selection as Michigan’s linebackers/special teams coach is also cited as a reason for Gary’s decision.
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