For the first time in seven years, the nation’s top-rated recruit will not play football in the Southeastern Conference. It’s the first time since Matt Barkley signed with USC.
Rashan Gary, a five-star defensive tackle from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School, will either commit to Michigan or Clemson on National Signing Day, according to Brian Dohn of Scout.com.
Gary took an official visit to Clemson this past weekend instead of visiting Alabama, and it looks like that trip has the Tigers in the thick of things with two days remaining until his decision.
“We loved it,” Coney said to Dohn. “I was able to see some family, and my nephew was able to come out and hang with Rashan during his official visit. I got to see the academic presentation, and remember, I didn’t get to see everything when we at Clemson because it was Easter weekend when we went and the whole staff was not there.”
Just last week, Gary told SEC Country that he was still considering Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. He even gave a reason for why he would decide to commit to the Crimson Tide.
“Nick Saban is a great coach. He has a great background,” Gary said. “The defensive line coach, Bo Davis, he puts a lot of defensive linemen into the NFL. He could get me where I need to go very fast. It’s a big family atmosphere around there. Alabama also has Minkah Fitzpatrick there, and that’s one of my boys from back in New Jersey. He talks to me about a lot of things. He keeps it real with me. Those would be the key reasons why I would sign with Alabama.”
Gary will announce his final decision on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. this Wednesday.
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