Gant Will Use Father As Resource
“He said whatever makes me happy that’s where I will go,” the younger Gant, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior from Sylvania, Ohio (Sylvania Southview) said.
Tony Gant will certainly help guide his son through the process, though.
“He went through this process when he was my age, so he’s just basically been telling me not to rush into anything,” Allen Gant said. “Just to take my time and enjoy this recruiting process because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. He’s going to help me make my decision come next year.”
Right now, Gant has offers from Cincinnati, Stanford, West Virginia and Ball State, but that list should grow as he’s hearing from most of the Big Ten schools, including Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois, along with LSU, Florida, USC and Notre Dame.
Even with his dad’s history with the Wolverines, Gant didn’t grow up a Michigan fan. His uncle, Shawn Simms, coached at Ohio State from 1997-1999 and Gant was actually a Buckeye fan as a youngster, although he says he has no favorites right now.
Gant went on two unofficial visits to Ohio State, including the season finale against Michigan. He also took unofficials to Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition to a ton of letters, Gant received some invites to Notre Dame games this fall, but wasn’t able to attend any. He got his first look at the campus in South Bend over the summer when his team competed in Notre Dame’s 7-on-7 passing tournament.
“I thought it was a really nice campus and it was really interesting,” he said. “There’s a good chance I will be back.”
Gant’s Sylvania Southview squad had a strong season this year even though it ended in disappointment.
“We went 10-0 during the regular season, we won our fourth NLL league championship and we lost in the first round of the playoffs in overtime to Twinsburg. It was tough,” he said. “We were actually the underdogs coming into that game and it kind of shocked people that we were able to hang in there since we just switched from Division II to Division I.”
Gant played receiver and safety for the Cougars and finished with 21 receptions for 404 yards and a score. He rushed the ball three times for 35 yards and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass in the playoff loss. Defensively, he finished with 56 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“Most schools are looking at me more on the defensive side of the ball,” said Gant. “I do love hitting and I love playing on the defensive side of the ball, but after this year, I’m willing to play anything.”
Gant doesn’t plan on making a decision until after his senior season.
“I want to take all of my official visits,” he said. “I’m going to base my decision on academics then how much playing time I think I would get in the next couple of years.”