Michigan sophomore defensive lineman Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2016, had an unbelievable workout at the Wolverines’ spring combine.
Gary, named the top defensive performer by head coach Jim Harbaugh, was first among Michigan defensive linemen in the vertical jump, 200-yard shuttle, broad jump, and “L-Drill,” but it is his 40-yard dash time that is going to make headlines.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 287 pounds on Michigan’s official roster, Gary was clocked at a 4.57. That’s one of the fastest times on Michigan’s entire defensive roster, no matter the position.
Proud to announce top position performers of 2017 Michigan Football Spring Combine. Offense led by Chris Evans, defense led by Rashan Gary! pic.twitter.com/hAQKJo07Lc
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) March 16, 2017
For reference, only two defensive linemen at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine beat that time: Temple’s Haason Reddick (4.52) and Kansas State’s Jordan Willis (4.53). Reddick is listed at 6-foot-1, 237 pounds while Willis is 6-foot-4, 255 pounds.
Gary didn’t make a huge impact during his first year on campus, but played a fair amount and logged 23 tackles and a sack as a freshman. If his workout performance is any indication, he could be set for a sophomore year leap.