UPDATED: 1:14 am EST on 02/03/16
The Reddit trolling job has taken a sad turn for Clemson Tigers fans, as Gary committed to the Michigan Wolverines in an announcement on ESPNU Wednesday afternoon.
UPDATED: 11:55 am EST on 02/03/16
After some digging and comparing the URLs, it appears this may have been photoshopped. The rumors started on Reddit, but Simmons came out and flat denied the tweet just a couple minutes ago:
For the record, I never tweeted anything about Rashan Gary wearing a Clemson shirt. No idea where people are getting this.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) February 3, 2016
Five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary (Paramus, NJ), the top overall recruit in the country, is set to announce his college decision at 1:10 pm ET, but he may have given away his decision beforehand. Gary unveiled that his two finalists are Michigan and Clemson earlier this week, but according to a tweet by 247sports' Director of Scouting Barton Simmons posted on Reddit (and subsequently taken down, as it seems), Gary was seen wearing a Clemson shirt today underneath his jacket:
The 6'4", 290-pounder has been the player of this class for a while because of his elite size, strength, and athleticism (4.74 40-yard dash). Jim Harbaugh and Michigan have been pursuing Gary for some time as former coach, Chris Partiridge, is the new director of recruiting operations and former teammates Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty are already in Ann Arbor. However, Clemson made a VERY strong push late in the process, and that appeared to be enough.
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Clemson is losing nine starters from their defense, meaning Gary will have an excellent opportunity to come in and be the focal point of the Tigers defense from day one.
That being said, nothing is offical until Gary sends in his Letter of Intent. He will make his official announcement at 1:10 pm ET live on ESPN2.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed