Rashan Gary didn't waste time showing he deserved to be vaulted to the top spot in the nation for…
The Opening: Reviewing Rashan Gary
Rashan Gary School:Paramus (N.J.) Catholic Position: Defenisve tackle (class of 2016) Ht.: 6-4 Wt.:287 40-yard dash: 4.74 Shuttle: 4.38 Vertical jump: 32.1 Ranking change: From No. 5 to No. 1 Recruiting situation: Since Gary is a 2016 prospect, his recruitment is yet to really take on an identity, other than to say he will have a nice pick of schools to chose from since his offer list is already ridiculous. Gary, who was offered as an eighth grader by Rutgers, also holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech, and basically will get an offer from any school he may want to visit. He has made more than a dozen trips to Rutgers already, and has a strong relationship with the staff there. He plans to visit Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Michigan this summer, but dates are not yet set. Penn State is also pushing to get him back on campus. Scouting Report: Size? Check. Strength? Check. Speed and quickness? Check and check. Acceleration and burst? Check and check, again. Gary is ridiculously gifted, and he showed what that means when combined with hard work. The scary part with Gary is still raw when it comes to technique. He was so good in testing, the numbers would have stood out at the NFL Combine. He has the feel of the position and showed he understood pad level and how to turn his shoulder, or dip his shoulder, to get through a smaller opening or get around the edge, but he has barely scratched the surface. Gary still needs to learn how to get his hands up more quickly and keep an offensive lineman from getting a good initial punch, but none of that mattered at The Opening. Even when Gary looked to be blocked, his leg drive and low pad level enabled him to push the offensive lineman backward, and then he used his strength to disengage and get to the “quarterback” in drills. In the run game, he wasn’t pushed back and showed an ability to shed blocks and make a play. What was learned: Gary entered The Opening as a highly-rated prospect and had a chance to become the No. 1 player in his class with a good showing, so it was already known he was an incredible talent. However, his ability to dominate as an underclassman was astonishing, and to be the best of the best showed what type of competitor he truly is, and that he is more than a kid with crazy natural ability.
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