Michigan Catches Gant's Eye

Sylvania (OH) Southview Jr. DB Allen Gant was one of the top visitors in attendance for Michigan's throttling of Bowling Green last weekend. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the talented youngster recently to recap his time on campus, get the latest on his recruitment, his visit schedule, and more.

The 2010 season is going according to plan for Sylvania (OH) Southview star, Allen Gant.  The Cougars are off to a 5-0 start and the junior defensive back prospect has been an integral part of the success.

"Right now I have 14 catches for 278 yards and one touchdown," said Gant of his production at wideout.  "I have 28 tackles, two interceptions on defense, and one rush for 23 yards."

Big time college programs are certainly paying attention.  The Southview standout is still sitting on offers from West Virginia, Ball State and Stanford, but numerous others are in hot pursuit.  Michigan is among those giving fierce chase, and after a strong summer visit revived their chances in his recruitment the Maize & Blue has been a consistent presence on his list.  While most of his focus clearly is on his own team, he can't help but notice the start the Wolverines are off to.

Said Gant, "I've been hearing a about it especially how well Denard Robinson has been doing.  I've been paying attention to it."

The Michigan coaching staff made an effort to further enhance their standing with Gant by inviting him to campus for last weekend's game versus Bowling Green.

"It went well," he stated.  "I talked to the DB or safety coach and then I talked to the recruiting coordinator.  It was great.  They welcomed me real well.  They had a great atmosphere going up there."

On his prior trips to Ann Arbor Gant had been accompanied by his former Wolverine father, Tony Gant.  This time, though, he decided to share the experience with a few other family members.

"My grandpa and my mom came, and they loved it," Gant said.  "They loved going to big time colleges for football games especially since once of my uncles coaches college football and since he quit, they haven't been able to get a chance to go up to a division 1 college game, so they were excited to go."

The Buckeye State star plans to hit the visit trail again this fall, but at the moment only a few trips have been tentatively set.

"I think the ones I potentially have scheduled are probably going to the Michigan-Iowa game in a few weeks, then the Ohio State-Penn State game, and I know for a fact Ohio State-Michigan game," Gant reported.  "I'm not so sure about between that because I know I've got a lot of colleges that have asked me to come to a game or something like that.  We'll see as the season goes on."

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