After sailing under the recruiting radar for most of the year, it didn't take long for safety Aaron Gant of Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary to make his name known in a big way. After showing what he can do on the field as a senior, Gant saw some of the top schools in the area come in with scholarship offers, including Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.
As a matter of fact, Gant (6-0, 200) even got one from as far away as the University of Washington. He took his first official visit to UW this past weekend.
"Washington was a nice visit," he said. "It was different out there... I have not been anywhere else."
Ohio State is next on his visit list as he is scheduled to come to Columbus this weekend. Michigan is also high on Gant's list of favorites, but he said he will not take any more visits and is not ruling out a commitment.
"I come to Columbus on Friday," Gant said. "If things go well, I will likely commit on my visit."
The Buckeyes received some bad news recently when safety Donte Whitner elected to leave early for the NFL draft.
"I heard Donte Whitner was leaving," Gant said. "I know it increases my chances of playing early but I am not really worried about playing early. I will come in and compete and just work hard. Let the chips fall where they may."
Gant also talked a bit about the Fiesta Bowl.
"The Fiesta Bowl was great," he said. "The Buckeyes really performed. I was very impressed."
Gant recently received a visit from OSU assistant Paul Haynes, who visited him at school last week.