By Ashley Scoby
Michigan’s star-studded Signing Day extravaganza got a little flashier Wednesday, after defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the country, announced he would sign with the Wolverines.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Nearly 20 Million Lives In First Year, Study Says
Gary, at 6-foot-4 and 286 pounds, hails from Paramus, N.J., and had narrowed his final list to Michigan and Clemson. Within the last couple weeks, according to 247Sports, Gary took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, in addition to his official visit to Clemson.
Before Signing Day, head coach Jim Harbaugh already had commitments from two of Gary’s high school teammates: running back Kareem Walker and fellow defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour.READ MORE: Michigan Ballot Initiative Aims To Protect Abortion Rights
According to 247Sports, Gary had 30 offers from various Division-I schools, including fellow Big Ten universities Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
Last season, Gary finished with 55 tackles, 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. That followed up a 55-tackle, 14-sack junior-year campaign for Paramus Catholic, where he also plays basketball.MORE NEWS: AG Nessel Says Abortions Are Still Legal In Michigan
With the addition of Gary, Harbaugh’s second recruiting class at Michigan (his first after a full offseason under his belt) is one of the best in the country, no matter which recruiting service is making the evaluation. Even before Signing Day and Gary’s pledge, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports all had Michigan’s class as top five in the nation.