The #1 overall recruit in the nation, Rashan Gary, will begin his career at defensive end for the Wolverines. Gary was listed on the first depth chart as defensive tackle/defensive end. Still only 18 years old, Gary could play a pivotal role for Michigan this season. He’s received praise from his teammates as well as his coaches already.
Maize N Brew was there at Michigan Media Day to catch his position coach, Greg Mattison, say a few things about the new kid in town:
“Rashan Gary is obviously is very talented, he’s shown that in high school, he’s showed that here, he’s come early and he’s done a very very good job of blending in with the veterans and doing what’s expected of a Michigan defensive linemen. His weight is great, he’s worked very hard on his strength. You know how it is with us here, I don’t care if the guy is a freshmen or a fifth year senior, the best guys play. He’s going to have the opportunity early to show his ability. He’ll play a lot of anchor end, he’ll play the strong side defense end when he plays.”
With Mattison’s approach to who will see the field, it’s very possible Gary could play a lot this season if he earns it. The 6’5” 287 pound lineman had 13.5 sacks and 55 tackles last season in high school, while also forcing four fumbles and three blocked punts. The sky is the limit for Gary, and it will be exciting to see how his career develops at Michigan. His impact could be big from year one, on a Michigan team with true National Championship aspirations.
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