Four-star linebacker Dallas Gant landed an offer from Notre Dame last summer after attending the Irish Invasion.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior from Toledo, Ohio and his parents will return to South Bend on Saturday for the primetime matchup against Michigan State.
Gant hopes to further develop his relationship with the Notre Dame coaching staff and learn more about the Irish football program.
“I'm excited about seeing the coaches again,” he said. “They're great coaches and people. I'm looking forward to seeing a good game against Michigan State and I’m looking forward to seeing DeShone (Kizer) play.”
Kizer played his high school football at Toledo’s Central Catholic high school, a rival of Gant’s St. John’s Jesuit High. Gant never played against Kizer but he does have a tie to the Irish quarterback.
“I know him,” Gant said. “I'm not sure if he knows me. I think he does but I’m friends with his sister so I'm not sure.”
Notre Dame has stayed in close contact with Gant since his summer visit.
“I talk to coach (Mike) Elston every here and there. We have a pretty good relationship,” Gant said. “They just want to work on a better relationship and get me down there to see how I like the place. They just want me to see it and have a good relationship with the coaches.”
Gant has four schools that stick out to him early in the recruiting process and he plans to see all of them this fall.
“It's pretty open for me but I've been focusing on Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State,” he said. “I'm focusing on those four but that list is changeable at any time.”
He was in Pittsburgh last weekend for the Penn State game and plans to attend both the Ohio State-Penn State game and the Ohio State-Michigan game later this fall.
Through three games, Gant and his St. John’s teammates are 3-0.
They drew a forfeit in Week 1 after their opponent, Mentor Lake Catholic, canceled the game due to a hazing incident at a pre-season football camp. St. John’s then defeated Toledo Rogers, 44-0, and Mansfield, 44-16.
Gant has a couple dozen tackles in two games despite playing limited minutes in the blowouts.
“I think I’m playing pretty well right now,” he said. “We're just heading into league play so we'll see how that goes. It looks pretty good right now.”