8-Offer 2016 Standout Recaps Rutgers Visit

Rashan Gary

Defensive tackle Rashan Gary is one of the top player in the nation in the 2016 class, and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High prospect visited Rutgers Tuesday with his family and he spoke about the experience.

Defensive lineman Rashan Gary began being courted by Rutgers before he played a down in high school, and the move allowed the Scarlet Knights to establish a relationship with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High standout very early in the process.

And, it will be a high-profile process.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Gary, who is in the class of 2016, already holds eight offers, including ones from Rutgers, Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida State. He visited Rutgers Tuesday with his parents.

"The Rutgers visit was fun," Gary said. "I'm starting to build relationships and next year I'm going to start taking my unofficials and get close to programs. That visit there helps me think of ‘Where do I want to go? What's right for me?' "

Gary has made multiple trips to Rutgers, and he said the relationship with the staff is taking a hold. He and his family spent time meeting with coaches and academic advisors, and there was also a sit-down with dean Karl Kirschner.

"I know they're a program on a rise and they're looking to keep New Jersey's talent in New Jersey," Gary said."They're just a program fighting their way up to the top."

Gary' other offers are from Temple and Connecticut, and right now he is in the process of finding the time to balance recruiting, working out and school.

"It's overwhelming but at the same time it keeps me humble because I know colleges are offering me right now so I have to keep working hard," he said. "It' crazy, but I have to stay humble about it. (The craziest thing) is that I have a chance to go to college for free and these college programs want me to play for them."

Gary camped at Ohio State, Penn State, Temple and UConn this spring and summer, and one of his best experiences came at Ohio State.

"I came in and ran a 4.77 in the 40 and I weighed in at 285," Gary said. "From there, I thought, ‘Yeah, it's going to be a good day.' Then, the coach moved me into the older group so I knew I had to push myself because I knew the other guys were going to try and push me around because I was a freshman.

"It's a good experience because I can learn from older kids, but at the same time they're trying to get an offer like I'm trying to get an offer. At the same time, if you're trying to stop me from getting an offer, I'm going to work hard to get an offer."

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