If you could build a high school outside linebacker prospect from scratch, that player would probably end up looking similar to Dallas Gant. Physically, he is what you want. 6-foot-3, roughly 225 pounds, long arms, and a natural athlete who can run to the ball.
He is very fluid and comfortable in space. Sometimes you worry about taller, leaner backers and how they take on contact, but he does it with good pad level and is not a kid that shies away from contact.
Given his skill set, he could project as a MIKE or even an EDGE someday, but looking at his body type, skills, and projecting his growth, SAM would seem to be the most likely starting spot.
Have been extremely high on this kid since seeing him for the first time as a freshman starter at St. Johns. We had him pegged as a top 2018 prospect as a freshman, and we were right on the money. As a physical specimen, he is not Josh Perry at the same age, but he's pretty darn close.
I love tall, long athletic linebackers that can run, and Dallas Gant is all that and more. To me, this is a future three-down linebacker that can stop the run, blitz the quarterback, or cover a back in space. Can he play more physical? Yes, but he's gotten more aggressive with each year and I'm expecting that to continue.
Gant can play any of the three linebacker spots in the Ohio State system, and that will be determined by how big he gets and where defensive coordinator Greg Schinao and linebackers coach Bill Davis see him.
This recruit plays in a great high school program and has been taught to play the game the right way. He is a true student-athlete, and comes from a great family. I would not be surprised to see Dallas Gant on the field in some role as a true freshman for the Buckeyes.