2016's top recruit Rashan Gary planning blitz of unofficial visits to college football powerhouses

2016's top recruit Rashan Gary planning blitz of unofficial visits to college football powerhouses

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2016's top recruit Rashan Gary planning blitz of unofficial visits to college football powerhouses

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Rashan Gary and his mother, Jennifer Coney, confer during Thursday's linemen challenge at Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. Photo: Jim Halley, USA TODAY Sports

Rashan Gary and his mother, Jennifer Coney, confer during Thursday’s linemen challenge at Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. (Photo: Jim Halley, USA TODAY Sports)

Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the No. 1 2016 recruit according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings,  is a big believer in listening to his mother, Jennifer Coney. She’s very involved in his recruiting experience, always available for quick word of encouragement or a prayer.

He does not however, want to hear from her how to be a better football player.

“Did you see that?” Conley said. “I was just about to help him be a better football player and he walked away.”

Gary didn’t make the final five in the lineman competition Thursday at Nike’s The Opening, but was grateful for the opportunity to test himself against other elite players.

“This is going to be the best (talent) that I go against all season,” Gary said. “These guys are the top five at their positions. They’re giving me a good look and hopefully, I’m giving them a good look too. I can always get better, taking it day by day. Right now, in my mind, I have one move. But when they see the film, they’re going to tell me, if they do this, you do that.”

Gary, who is undecided on his college choice, is taking his time with his decision. In the last month, he visited Georgia, Ohio State, Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss and says he plans at least seven or eight unofficial visits before the school year starts. He said that the proximity of a college is not a factor in his decision because his mother wouldn’t mind his going away to school.

One school that has been recruiting him hard is Michigan. The Wolverines have two former Paramus Catholic players on their roster in defensive back Jabrill Peppers and offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty. Michigan also recently hired Chris Partridge as a director of recruiting after Partridge coached Paramus Catholic to a state runner-up finish last season.

“They’re recruiting me a little,” Gary said. “Michigan is a great academic school and that speaks for itself.”

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