The Wolverines are spending the weekend hosting Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation’s No.
1 player, according to ESPN.
“He’s been to Michigan a couple of times and he’s really well-acquainted with all of the people there,” Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman said of the 6-foot-5, 290-pound five-star prospect.
“This is more about his previous visits and what’s going on there now. That’s what he’s going to be looking for. Just kind of how the program really runs when it’s the season.”
Michigan planned a full-court press on Gary, treating him as a unique recruit and giving him the attention elite players generate. His college decision could lead to a snowball effect bringing in other recruits.
Friedman said Gary recently began putting emphasis on scheduling his five official visits and knew this weekend was one where he wanted to see one of his schools. Michigan was the most accommodating.
Michigan’s roster includes two former Paramus players in Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty (though Gary arrived last year, after they left) and his former Paramus coach, Chris Partridge, as a recruiting coordinator.
“The fact that he’s familiar with everybody is certainly a plus,” Friedman said. “That’s the issue with some of the other schools, that he’s not as familiar with these coaches, the players, the environment, as he is at Michigan. Obviously that’s a huge deal.”
Friedman said Gary might not make his expected college announcement in January if he’s still visiting schools then.
U-M will maintain contact over the following months and, regardless of how the other visits shake out, Friedman anticipates the Wolverines will remain a contender.
“The Michigan thing is always in his ear,” Friedman said. “That’s not going to be an issue. They’re always going to be a big part of his recruitment. It’s just a matter of how much of his attention are they going to take up with these other schools really pushing.
“If he does the hat thing, they’re going to be one of the hats on the table. There’s no doubt.”
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