Gant Firms Up Verbal To Ohio State

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary Prep defensive back Aaron Gant confirmed his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday. We also had a chance to ask Gant about the status of his teammate, Anthony Bowman, who joined him on his OSU visit last weekend after verbaling previously to Iowa.

We had a chance to visit with Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary Prep safety Aaron Gant, who firmed up his verbal commitment to Ohio State by speaking with members of the OSU staff on Tuesday.

Gant (6-0, 205, 4.4) picked the Buckeyes over Washington and Michigan. He visited Washington Jan. 6 and OSU Jan. 13. He was due to visit UM this weekend, but canceled the trip. recruiting editor Duane Long was the first to report Gant's impending verbal on Sunday night.

"I confirmed it (Tuesday)," Gant said. "I talked with Coach Tressel and (defensive backs coach Paul) Haynes. They were excited for me."

When asked what sets Ohio State apart, Gant said, "I would say the coaches and the players and just what they provide for me."

Gant admitted he is intrigued by the secondary situation at OSU, where the Buckeyes will be looking for two new safeties and two new corners in 2006. Part of that is due to starters Ashton Youboty and Donte Whitner bolting a year early for the NFL draft.

"I know it's going to be hard work," he said. "If they had stayed, it would have been hard. I know it will still be hard to earn a spot."

Gant played safety as a junior and worked at running back and linebacker as a senior. He had three interceptions each season.

"I am not afraid to hit," he said. "I also think I do a good job of getting the team ready so we come out together and play as a team."

Gant, who holds a 3.3 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT, took his visit to OSU with teammate Anthony Bowman, a wide receiver who had committed previously to Iowa. Bowman is still weighing his choices and could pick between OSU and Iowa by the end of the week. He met with members of the Iowa staff Monday and expects to meet with OSU coaches later this week.

"It would be nice if he came to Ohio State with me, but I am letting him make his own decision," Gant said. "I think he knows where he wants to go. He's just not making it public right now."

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