With 2016 football recruiting hitting its stride, the recruiting services are re-evaluating their rankings.
At No. 1 on ESPN: Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary.
For a variety of reasons, Michigan is in the mix and Gary updated his recruitment to ESPN.com in an article today.
He discussed his previous visits to Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina, plus Michigan.
On Michigan, he said:“I liked the academics at Michigan and the family environment. There was a lot of love there. When I was walking down the street, they knew who I was. So it was a lot of love from the fans, too.”
He has other visits planned for the summer.
Gary said he plans to cut his list to 5-to-7 teams by the start of his high school season but won’t announced until the Under Armour All-Star Game in January or February’s Signing Day.
His decision will be based on “education, family environment. I’m trying to see if I can live in that environment, how the team functions, and see if my mom can see me play a couple games — that’s important.”
Michigan has a number of advantages that another school can’t match. The biggest is his former high school coach at Paramus, Chris Partridge, who is now U-M’s recruiting coordinator.
Though Gary didn’t play at Paramus with current U-M safety Jabrill Peppers, he knows him having arrived just after Peppers left.