Rashan Gary said he came to The Opening as the No. 5 player in the 2016 class, and is leaving as the top player in the country.
The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Gary, who will play at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic in the fall, was excited and humbled about the news.
”It’s really an honor but it means I have to work harder,” Gary said after learning of the ranking. “It just means now I have a big target on my back.”
Gary landed his first offer when he was in the eighth grade, and now has close to three dozen offers. He came into The Opening with plenty of hype because of his offer list, and then performed even beyond his own expectations.
Gary ran the 40-yard dash is a staggering 4.74 seconds, and had a 36-inch vertical. When it came to the 1-on-1 drills, Gary was selected as one of the final five defensive linemen to go against USC commit Chuma Edoga of Poweder Springs (Ga.) McEachern in which he split three reps, winning one, losing one and tying one.
”I didn’t really know what to expect but I was able to do more than I thought I would,” Gary said. “I was more successful than I thought I would be.”
”I know he’s a good kid, very physical, fast and a good player,” McLean said. “He set the standard today. If you put him in the 2014 class, he’d fit in right with those guys from last year. He’d still do well.”Gary wears No. 97 in black in the below clips