The pursuit of Orchard Lake St. Mary's safety Aaron Gant has become a recruiting priority for a number of prominent collegiate programs in recent months, but only three currently remain in the running for his services. Michigan, Ohio State, and Washington made his final cut a few weeks back, and at that time the home-state Wolverines appeared to be the team to beat.
Gant's ties to Ann Arbor are well documented. The Orchard Lake St Mary's connection to Michigan continues to be strong with Morgan Trent and Chris McLaurin as the two returning Eaglet alums to the Wolverines' roster in 2006. If the allure of playing with his former teammates isn't enough, his good friends Brandon Graham and Alex Legion have already committed, and his cousin Dionte Allen is a heavy Wolverine lean.
All of that criteria prompted Gant to proclaim the Wolverines the leader in an interview with GoBlueWolverine earlier this month. "Well, I like Michigan mainly because I know everybody up there," he said regarding who the frontrunner was.
However, the Maize and Blue's standing at the top came into question in the past week, when in a conversation with Bucknuts.com he seemed to suggest that a commitment on his visit to Columbus was possible. "Chances are if things go well with that Ohio State visit I will likely commit and not take any other visits," Gant said to GoBlueWolverine's sister site.
So GoBlueWolverine caught up with the 6-0, 200-pounder on Tuesday to inquire about the reason behind change ... and he indicated that he had not wavered from his earlier position. "Nah, what I was saying was the week after," he explained. "I meant I'm going to make up my mind the week after. After my visit on the 13th, I'm going to make up my mind on what school I want to go to. It will be that next week." He added, "I'll make another visit to Michigan if my spot is still there."
The "spot still there" comment is an important piece of Gant's decision making progress because he was recently informed that the class was filling up quickly. "We were texting and then I called [Coach Carr] to talk about it," Gant said regarding his latest interaction with the Michigan coaching staff. "They said that they have four more open for the '06 class. They said, ‘We want you in this class, so commit now and then go ahead and take your visits. If four other people commit then that spot might not be there.' I told them I was going to go ahead and do these visits first."
Gant remains interested in seeing what the other schools on
his list have to offer and the seemingly limited scholarship numbers in Ann
Arbor have made those programs more viable options in the race. That said, he
still insists that the home school remains out front.
"Who do I say is on top?" Gant asked. "It's like it was before. I'd have to say based on where all of the love is that it's going to be Michigan."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Gant in the coming weeks.