Matt Cashore / Irishillustrated.com

Irish offer puts ND ‘near the top’ for Gant

Standout junior linebacker Dallas Gant added a Notre Dame offer Saturday night after impressing at the Irish Invasion. Notre Dame will battle an in-state power for this Ohio product.

Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s linebacker Dallas Gant earned the distinction of being the only player to add an offer the evening of Irish Invasion.

Gant called Notre Dame assistant Mike Elston on his drive back to Ohio.

“He said he likes the way that I play and the type of person that I am,” Gant said. “He talked to my high school coach too and said he had a lot of good things to say about me.

“It feels great. To know that I could one day play at Notre Dame if I wanted to is a great feeling.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker showed impressive length and range and stood out physically among other prospects in his position group at Irish Invasion.

“All really, whether that’s Sam, Mike or Will,” said Gant when asked where Notre Dame projects him on the field. “(Elston) thinks I have the versatility and skills to play any of the linebacker spots.”

Irish Invasion marked Gant’s second visit to campus. His first came last fall when Notre Dame routed UMass.

“I got to see a lot more of campus this time,” Gant said. “I met a lot more people and more of the players, so I got a better feel of the overall atmosphere at Notre Dame. I really like the spirituality aspect of Notre Dame because I go to St. John’s and I could carry that tradition over of going to a Catholic school.”

Gant got a preview of life in the Irish program after working with Elston, his area recruiter and potential position coach.

“I liked (working out) a lot,” Gant said. “I was being coached up by coach (Mike) Elston, and if I went to Notre Dame then he would be my coach, so that was good to know. It was fun to compete with great players.”

Gant, who made the trip to Notre Dame with both parents, has no timetable for decision.

“As long as it takes me to decide and I’ve talked to my parents about it,” Gant said.

Ohio State offered Gant on Friday. Boston College, Kentucky and Michigan State are among other programs that have already offered.

“I’m trying to keep my options open,” Gant said. “(Notre Dame) is probably near the top. I loved Notre Dame. It’s a great place to be.”

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