With 20 commitments in its 2016 football recruiting class, Michigan sits No. 6 in the Rivals.com team rankings.
And that’s without many of the significant names that coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff are targeting.
The biggest prospect out there, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary, visited U-M last week and has the Wolverines squarely in his top group.
The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Gary is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the nation by ESPN and scout.com. It was his second trip to U-M this spring — on a swing that also included a visit to Columbus.
GoBlueWolverine.com spoke with Gary’s mother, and she was enthusiastic about U-M in an interview posted on the site’s message board. She met with a number of key figures in Ann Arbor, including defensive line coach Greg Mattison’s wife, U-M player development director Gwen Bush, Harbaugh, Harden and U-M recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge.
Partridge likely will play a significant role in the recruitment, as he was Gary’s coach at Paramus last season.
Gary, who also has visited Mississippi, Alabama and Auburn (with Georgia reportedly in the mix as well), will attend The Opening camp on July 5-10 at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.