June 16, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Meeting with reporters last week in New Jersey, Rashan Gary said of his upcoming move to Michigan: “I’m going to be moved in (next week). I’m going to be all good and get everything taken care of. I just couldn’t wait. I just want to be up there.”
The wait is over.
Gary, the nation’s No. 1-ranked 2016 prospect, is officially on campus and getting to work with the Wolverines.
On Thursday, Michigan junior Chase Winovich tweeted a picture of he and the Paramus, N.J., native.
Last week, Gary was still back home hanging out with a few neighbors — fellow New Jersey natives and incoming U-M players Michael Dwumfour and Ron Johnson Jr. — during Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp at Paramus Catholic.
Now on campus, Gary will begin his college career working with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and shadowing veteran defensive ends Chris Wormley and Taco Charlton.
Gary is expected to begin his Michigan playing days as a defensive end, but is skilled enough to play multiple spots.
“I’m ready for anything,” Gary said last week. ” I’m going to stay prayed up, work hard and fit in wherever I fit in. Only coach Mattison knows that answer, but hard work always shows at the end of the day,” Gary said. “To be honest, I’m not focused on (playing time) right now. I just want to show up and work hard. When I get there I’ll be under Taco and Wormley and basically everybody. They know more than me so I’ll soak up everything and be a student of the game.
“I’m going to work hard. And that’s going to show up at the end of the day. If I’m in, I’m in. If I’m not, I’m not.”
This week was a long time coming for Gary, who saw Michigan begin recruiting him years ago before committing to the Wolverines on Feb 3, 2016 — this year’s national signing day.
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