Allen Gant ready to contribute early

Michigan legacy recruit Allen Gant was one of many commitments on campus over the weekend. The three-star safety talks about the visit, the bond with his teammates, and how he plans on getting on the field as a freshman.

When Sylvania Southview high school safety Allen Gant committed to Michigan back in May, his father, former Michigan football player Tony Gant, was as excited as he could be about his son heading to Ann Arbor.

"When I told my dad I could tell that he was holding (the emotion) in," Gant previously told GBW. "I knew he was real excited about it. He was glad that he had his son following in his footsteps. He has done a really good job of keeping his composure. I'm sure he is going to break soon."

Over the weekend Gant was able to get a more in depth look at what his future holds.

"It was fun," said Gant. "It was a great experience getting a lot closer with the coaching staff and getting to know the players that are playing right now and being with all of the recruits in my class. It was just a great experience."

Gant was hosted by Michigan freshman offensive lineman Chris Bryant who was able to answer any questions the future wolverine threw his way.

"It was fun, he showed me around campus and answered a lot of my questions," said Gant. "He's just a freshman so he knew a lot of the questions I had to ask him. Overall it was fun being around him and great being there."

Gant has been a regular on Michigan's campus but this trip had a different feeling.

"I was telling my mom that it's so much different than being back at home," said Gant. "I felt like we were all really close and we built a good relationship over the weekend. Also during the Notre Dame game I felt like this class we had, we could build a really good relationship and this weekend we did too."

While spending the majority of his time with all of the players, Gant did get to spend some time talking with his future position coach Curt Mallory.

"I was able to talk to Coach Mallory and what he told me is that I'm versatile so I have the opportunity to play at many different positions," said Gant. "He said they could put me at free, strong or even as an outside linebacker in the nickel package and that's the advantage I have being able to play multiple positions."

With the coaching staff looking at Gant similar to how they see Michigan sophomore Thomas Gordon, Gant doesn't shy away from the opportunity to contribute early in his career.

"I feel like every person whether they're a freshman or senior have the same opportunity," said Gant. "The coaching staff puts the best guys on the field when they want. I felt like if I was able to do it during high school I'll also have an opportunity to get better and have the opportunity to play early on in college too."

So much fun was being had throughout the weekend the team and it's future members didn't get too serious about what they want to accomplish the next couple of years but Gant believes the 2012 class will be very focused.

"We didn't really sit down and talk about it that much but I know that everyone wants constant improvement and contributing one way or another so that's probably what me and the rest of the guys focused on," said Gant.

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