UM’s Rashan Gary already showing ‘crazy’ athleticism

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Rashan Gary

Ann Arbor – Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis has not yet seen freshman defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation’s top recruit, in a practice setting, but he already is impressed by what he has seen.

Gary arrived at U-M last month to participate in summer workouts. Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison has said on multiple occasions he expects Gary to have an impact very early in his career.

“You should see Rashan move,” Lewis said this week. “He’s very, very light on his feet. He and (nose tackle) Bryan Mone, it’s crazy. You should see them on the ladder drills. Oh my goodness, it’s unbelievable. At that size, you can’t teach stuff like that. It’s mind-blowing.”

Mone is listed in the spring roster at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, while Gary is 6-5 and pushing 300 pounds.

The ladder drill develops footwork and quickness.

“It’s about how clean you are, and they barely touch that ladder,” Lewis said. “They are really fast on the ladder, and it’s really crazy.”

Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst said recently he thinks Gary has adjusted quickly since his arrival at Michigan.

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“We’ve gotten to hang out a few times,” Hurst said. “It’s been really cool to teach him what we’re doing and teach him some of the plays. He’s definitely someone who can pick things up quickly and is really eager to learn from us and all the guys.

“You can definitely tell he has a respect for the stuff we’ve been doing, which isn’t always the case when you’re a great player – you don’t always listen to the older guys. I think sometimes they think someone is trying to bring you down so he doesn’t try to take your spot, but that’s never been the case with our group.”

Hurst said Gary is as good as has been advertised in high school.

“He seems pretty athletic and pretty good already,” he said.