A Michigan insider said that another school- implying Clemson- had offered Wolverine DL Rashan Gary $300,000 during his 2016 recruitment.
New York Times Bestselling Author John Bacon appeared on ‘The Michigan Insider’ radio show recently and offered an interesting thought on former Wolverine DL Rashan Gary’s recruitment.
Bacon, according to FITS News, claimed that another school had offered $300,000 for Gary to turn down Michigan during his 2016 recruitment.
Bacon reiterated on Twitter that it was not Ohio State, all but insinuating that Clemson was the culprit. Gary’s recruitment came down to Michigan and Clemson before he ultimately chose the Wolverines live on ESPN. At the time, he was rated as the No. 1 player in the nation. In addition to the Tigers and Wolverines, Auburn was also heavily involved in Gary’s recruitment.
For the most part, Bacon has been a trusted Michigan analyst and sports reporter during his career, but it is interesting that this claim comes nearly four years after the fact and during a time where Clemson has ascended up the ladder in the College Football landscape. It should be noted that he has been covering Michigan for more than a decade.
For the Tigers, this comes as another claim seemingly looking to discredit and incriminate Dabo Swinney. That tone can most definitely be felt in the FITS News article that brought back up wire tapings from a meeting with former Clemson basketball assistant Steve Smith in the Zion Williamson recruitment.
The article calls for an investigation into the Clemson Athletic Department.
GBM Wolverine’s Chris Peterson said the alleged offer shows how “committed” Gary was to Michigan, but it doesn’t seem very likely that a recruit would turn down $300,000 to play freely for the Wolverines.
In the end, this is a slippery slope. To make a claim like this, you should be able present facts and not just rely on unnamed sources. Until there is factual evidence, it’s all just speculative in nature and most definitely not responsible.