Rashan Gary was the overall top rated high school recruit for the 2016 class. He was planning school visits late in his recruiting process to make a decision to be announced on National Signing Day. The five-star rated 293-pound defensive lineman was down to two schools late in January, Clemson and Michigan.
On January 28 around 2:30am, Gary was threatened by a racially-charged voicemail left at his high school, Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. This was also the same day Gary was traveling to take his visit to Clemson. The person who left the message referred to himself as a Clemson fan with a southern accent that went by the name “Clemson Dan, per the report from NewJersey.com.
The reported message left That morning said the following:
“Yes, this here is ‘Clemson Dan,’ and this message is for Mr. Rashan Gary. We just wantin’ you to know if you’re coming down here for a visit, you better be serious about it, ’cause there’s only two things we love and that’s Clemson football and the KKK.
So you better not be fooling around, if you’re gonna get a visit you better be committin’.
So, just be aware there ain’t no fooling thing. We Clemson. We big-time football down here. We don’t take no losers, no stragglers, no lazies, no dumb people..so if you’re coming down here, you gotta do just like the KKK and be serious about football.
So if you’re coming down here, you better be serious All right Rashan Gary, you better be the real deal. Over and out this is “Clemson Dan” saying goodbye.”
The call is currently part of an investigation by the Paramus Police Department and issued a search warrant to find phone number and trace the caller.
Gary’s mother, Jennifer Coney, said the call didn’t alter her sons decision of choosin Michigan over Clemson.