Michigan’s game against BYU was an eye opener — and not only because U-M surpassed expectations with a 31-0 blowout. The Sept. 26 contest also was big because football coach Jim Harbaugh and his assistants welcomed the highest-ranked recruit they’ll have on campus all season.
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary is a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder and the No. 2 overall player in the nation. He is a consensus five-star prospect and attends the high school of Michigan sophomores Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty (though, because last season was his first at Paramus, he didn’t have them as teammates). His former high school coach Chris Partridge is a recruiting assistant on the Michigan coaching staff.
The connection to Partridge, in fact, helped Gary and his mother, Jennifer Coney, enjoy the trip to Michigan as much as possible.
“Because we’re close with coach Partridge … I just think he presented what was available: the positive things that Michigan could offer,” Coney said. “With everybody, when you meet them, you put on your best face, and as you get to know them, the real you comes out. That’s how coach Partridge and I can deal with each other.”
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