Four-star linebacker Dallas Gant spent Saturday in South Bend for Junior Day and was focused on learning about the defense the Irish will employ this fall.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Toledo, Ohio enjoyed the day, especially mingling with the coaches and players.
“I had a good time with the recruits and players and coaches and all,” Gant said. “We got to tour around a little bit and got to talk to a bunch of the coaches as well.”
Gant spent much of his time with Irish head coach Brian Kelly as well as defensive coordinator Mike Elko and linebackers coach Clark Lea.
“I got to talk to coach Elko about his scheme and how he sees me playing in their defense and I got to talk to coach Lea about how he coaches,” Gant said. “I also talked to a couple other coaches and coach Kelly.”
Kelly’s message to Gant centered on what it takes to be a student-athlete at Notre Dame.
“He just told me things that he sees that recruits need to be able to go to ND, such as grit. They need to have grit to go there,” Gant said. “It was a bunch of different things. I had a good talk with him.”
Elko and Lea spent their time with Gant explaining how he’d fit into their defensive scheme.
“They both seem like great coaches and people,” Gant said. “They seem like they're putting in a good scheme that worked really well for them in the past. Now that they have some players to do their scheme I think they're really going to make an impact this upcoming season.”
Gant is projected to fill the Buck linebacker spot.
“Coach Elko explained how I would fit in with their defense and what position they're trying to put me at,” he said. “They want to put me at weak side outside linebacker and various things. I thought it was pretty cool and I'll get to be able to watch those players this upcoming season and see their scheme and see myself playing in that position specifically.”
Gant has several more visits scheduled for the winter and spring as he tries to narrow his list.
Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin are among the schools he’s still considering.
“I'm not sure what's scheduled right now,” he said. “My parents don't really tell me, they just tell me where to go. I'm sure we'll figure it out pretty soon and get everywhere we can right now. I'm just enjoying everything right now and taking everything in. I'm enjoying my trips and the process in general.”
Scout.com ranks Gant as the 110th best player and 10th best outside linebacker in the country.
“He is a prototype linebacker as far as his length and frame,” said Scout.com Midwest Analyst Allen Trieu. “In addition, he is a fluid athlete who can change directions and run to the ball. I also think he will easily be able to add a lot of good weight come college.”