Signing Day: No. 1 prospect Gary picks Michigan over Clemson

Defensive lineman Rashan Gary of Paramus, N.J, talks to reporters at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Atlanta. Gary and quarterback Jacob Eason, of Lake Stevens, Wash., received Bobby Dodd high school player of the year awards. (AP Photo/John Amis)

CLEMSON – Defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation’s consensus No. 1 overall recruit, announced live on ESPN2 Wednesday afternoon he will attend Michigan, spurning a late bid from Clemson.

Gary joins Michigan in Jim Harbaugh’s first complete recruiting class, though Gary reserved his final official visit for Clemson this past weekend. Gary would have given the Tigers a fourth top-16 overall recruit (all on defense) per Rivals.com individual prospect ratings. Head coach Dabo Swinney and some of his staff were in Paramus, N.J. last week making their closing statements in Gary’s hometown.

With Gary going elsewhere, the Tigers still stack solid depth at defensive tackle with senior Carlos Watkins, junior Scott Pagano, sophomore Christian Wilkins, redshirt freshman Albert Huggins and its top 2016 signee, early-enrolled freshman Dexter Lawrence.