Rashan Gary, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2016, committed to Michigan over Clemson on National Signing Day.

By Gabriel Baumgaertner
February 03, 2016

The nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit, Rashan Gary, announced his commitment to Michigan on Wednesday afternoon. The 6’ 4”, 286-pound defensive tackle received offers from virtually every major program, but recently narrowed his choices to the Wolverines and Clemson. Considered the most NFL-ready recruit by Scout.com, the Paramus (N.J.) Catholic product will likely see the field next fall.

Long considered a Michigan lean, Gary springs the Wolverines’ class toward the top of the 2016 rankings. He is the best recruit signed by Jim Harbaugh since he landed quarterback Andrew Luck at Stanford in ’08. Michigan held off a late push from Clemson, the biggest challenger for Gary’s services as Signing Day neared.

Scout.com notes that “Gary is a mix of power, speed, athleticism and explosion. He has great speed and his ability to chase a play down are exceptional.” National recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy claims that Gary is a “generational talent” who could have been the top-ranked player in any of the last 10 recruiting classes.

Gary finished his senior season at Paramus Catholic with 75 solo tackles, including an astonishing 14 sacks, and rotated between defensive tackle and end.

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