TOLEDO - Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State were Dallas Gant’s top five schools heading into his announcement Tuesday.
Michigan made a late push for the four-star outside linebacker from Toledo St. John’s Jesuit. As for Michigan State, Gant has even said before that he’s “always wanted to be a Spartan." Notre Dame came on hard once Luke Fickell left his post as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach last winter to become the head coach at Cincinnati.
Despite all of that, Gant (6-3, 220) went with Ohio State Tuesday afternoon.
“It was just the place that felt most at home to me,” Gant said. “People down there are great. (Head coach Urban) Meyer and I created a great relationship, with my family as well. It is just the best place for me.”
Gant, Scout’s No. 127 overall prospect in 2018, added that his decision to commit to the Buckeyes had been nailed down for some time.
“I told the coaches from Ohio State probably about a month ago, so I’ve known for a while,” he said.
Bill Davis, who has 23 years of coaching experience in the NFL, replaced Fickell as Ohio State’s linebackers coach.
“So Coach Fickell left and it was fine. It was just a new coach – I knew it wouldn’t be a problem,” Gant explained. “But at the time, Ohio State was my No. 1. Then when Coach Fickell left I was kind of unsure. That’s when Notre Dame made their come up to where they are – to the second spot. Ultimately, it just took longer time (to reestablish a relationship with OSU), I guess, since Coach Davis came. But he’s obviously a great coach who has a ton of NFL experience and there is no drop there.
“When he came in, we just got to calling and texting and talking when I was down there (at Ohio State). It wasn’t really a big deal, it was just more of a setback because he’s the new guy. But this new guy is just as good as the last guy.”
Gant's verbal commitment to Ohio State will likely signal the end of the recruiting process for him, he admitted.
“I’m pretty sure I’m just going to shut it down completely,” Gant said when asked if he'd visit other schools after announcing his pledge to the Buckeyes. “I don’t how Coach Meyer would feel about that.”
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