Rashan Gary, nation's No. 1 recruit, commits to Michigan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 2:48pm

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To close out Jim Harbaugh’s “Signing of the Stars” mega-event Wednesday, Michigan’s second-year football coach gave fans the best news they could have hoped for, even though he could not tell them outright.

Speaking vaguely, Harbaugh finished the ceremony by simply telling the crowd they had just received some great news backstage.

Since coaches cannot comment on players before they have signed their letter of intent, he could not tell the crowd explicitly that Michigan had just secured a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, New Jersey defensive tackle Rashan Gary.

He didn’t need to. They already knew.

Gary committed to Michigan just after 1 p.m., while the event was still going on, and served as a resounding exclamation point to finish the show.

He is the highest-rated recruit the Wolverines have landed since the 247Sports composite ranking began in 2000. Gary attends Paramus Catholic high school, the former home of Michigan special teams and linebackers coach Chris Partridge and redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers.

And much like Peppers, Gary is a home run of a commitment who could star for the Wolverines for years to come. Gary is a fast, powerful defensive lineman who could see time at different spots across the line, coming in at 6-foot-4 and 287 pounds.

He headlines a class that will finish the day ranked in the top 10 nationally and will join a veteran defensive line including fifth-year seniors Chris Wormley, Ryan Glasgow and Matt Godin as well as redshirt sophomore Bryan Mone.