The nation’s No. 1 player, Rashan Gary, is wide open in his recruitment, and that’s good news for SEC fans.
Gary, a 5-star defensive tackle from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School, is considered to have Michigan up top, but he told SEC Country that everyone has an equal shot to land his signature come National Signing Day.
“I’m still wide open,” Gary told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi. “I have to sit down with my family and coaches and find out how they’re feeling and then I’ll tell them how I’m feeling and we’ll make a decision together.”
The 6-foot-3, 301-pounder is considering several SEC schools, and he told us what he likes about some of the main programs he is considering right now. From the sounds of it, the possibility of playing in the SEC is intriguing to Gary.
“You said it — SEC ball. That’s the big boys,” Gary said. “You go down there to play against the big boys and play against the best. Basically everyone there is going to go into the league one day, so every day in practice you’re going up against the best and it’ll only make you better.”
Here’s what he had to say about four of the SEC schools he’s considering:
On Alabama: “Their defensive line this year is ridiculous, so ridiculous. I love (defensive line coach Bo (Davis). Me and him have a great relationship. I feel like he can develop me.”
On Auburn: “It’s a family environment. I feel comfortable when I’m there. The academics are good. Everything is straight with them.”
On LSU: “(Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron) is my boy. Coach O is really cool. He’s an honest guy. I feel like he can develop me into a nice player.”
On Georgia: “(Kirby Smart) was the defensive coordinator for Alabama. That Bama defense is coming to Georgia. That could be a big problem (for other teams), too.”
Gary has taken official visits to Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan already. He has his fourth visit set for Jan. 15 to USC. The fifth remains unknown right now, but he’s considering Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and LSU for the coveted visit.
Gary will make his commitment on Feb. 3.