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Irish impress two top Ohio prospects

Notre Dame attracted dozens of top prospects for its primetime game against Michigan State on Saturday. Ohio juniors Malik Vann and Dallas Gant liked what they saw on and off the field.

Two of Ohio’s top junior prospects were among the more than two dozen recruits Notre Dame hosted during its primetime game against Michigan State on Saturday night.

Four-star linebacker Dallas Gant and three-star defensive end Malik Vann took in the day’s activities and liked what they saw on and off the field.

Vann, a 6-foot-3, 243-pounder from Fairfield, spent most of the day with the other 2018 prospects then enjoyed the action inside Notre Dame Stadium.

“It was good,” Vann said. “Although they didn’t win, I still got to see a great game.”

The three-star prospect spent some time focused on the Irish defense.

“Obviously, the defense struggled early but when they settled in they showed they were dominant and made it into a ball game,” he said.

After the game Vann spoke with Irish assistant coach Autry Denson for a short time.

“We just talked about family and our lives,” Vann said. “He’s a great man.”

He also met Irish players Tommy Kraemer, Jay Hayes, Daniel Cage, Brandon Tiassum and Nyles Morgan.

“Some were upset over losing,” he said. “They said they hope I enjoyed the visit and were just talking to us about ND.”

Vann previously visited Notre Dame in the summer and left with the Irish at the top of his list of favorites.

“It hasn’t changed,” he said.

Vann plans to visit Tennessee, Louisville, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, UCLA and possibly LSU before making his commitment next fall during his senior season.

Gant, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker from Toledo, came to South Bend looking forward to seeing DeShone Kizer play. After the game, the two Northwest Ohio prospects had the chance to connect.

“We just talked about how each other were doing and he asked about my season,” Gant said. “I didn't want to bother him to much after a tough loss.”

Overall, Gant enjoyed his time in South Bend.

“It went really well I had a good time,” he said. “I thought it was a great game. Both teams played hard and fought hard.”

Gant also spent time locked in on the Irish defense.

“I think they played good at times and sometimes they needed some work,” he said. “I think as the season progresses they will get it figured out.”

Gant, who considers the Irish among his early favorites with Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan State, left South Bend with a better feel for the Irish.

“I like ND a lot,” he said. “I loved the environment down there for a big game and I thought the atmosphere was incredible. I'm still looking at everyone. Those are just the ones I'm really looking into right now.” Top Stories