Michigan reels in nation’s No. 1 recruit in Rashan Gary

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Jim Harbaugh has landed the biggest recruiting fish by far during his two recruiting cycles in Michigan — and he didn’t even need a sleepover to do it.

Down to a final two of UM and Clemson, and with a decided lean toward the Wolverines, Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, announced during a live segment on ESPN2 that he is indeed headed to Ann Arbor to play for Harbaugh.  While there was a lean toward Michigan, the fact that Gary’s last official visit came this past weekend to Clemson led some to shift their thinking and see the Tigers as a real threat to UM.

In the end, however, the leader entering the 18th hole claimed the prized trophy in the clubhouse.

“That’s the place where I felt comfortable, that’s the place I feel my family will feel comfortable, that’s the place I feel the academic support is great,” Gary said in a post-announcement interview.  Interestingly, Gary said “when I was coming to the stage” when he was asked about when he decided on Michigan.

From Rivals.com to Scout to 247Sports to ESPN, every major recruiting service had the New Jersey product ranked as the No. 1 player in the country.  In most cases, it was the first time those recruiting services had ranked a defensive tackle as the top-rated overall prospect in a class.

This also marks the first time that the Michigan program has signed the highest-rated recruit in a class.  Jabril Peppers was the No. 2 recruit in 2014 as the previous program high-water recruiting mark, which surpassed the No. 4 ranking of quarterback Ryan Mallett in 2007.

One final note: Gary is the first No. 1 prospect to sign with a non-SEC school since Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor in 2008.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.