Allen Gant on UT radar

After signing eight defensive backs for its 2011 recruiting class, Tennessee will be very selective on DBs for its 2012 class. One Midwest standout has a good chance to make the cut, however.

Allen Gant of Southview High in Sylvania, Ohio, seems to have all of the traits needed to be a big-time safety. He has the size, packing 210 pounds on a sturdy 6-2 frame. He's suitably fast, having run a 4.6 forty at the Ohio State camp last summer. He's strong, throwing the discus and shot for Southview's track team. He's agile enough to start at point guard for the basketball team. He also has great bloodlines. His grandfather, Chet Trail, spent some time on the New York Yankees roster in 1964. His father, Tony Gant, was a four-year starting safety at Michigan from 1982-86.

The Wolverines envision Allen following in his dad's footsteps. They recently offered a scholarship. Kentucky offered on Tuesday.

"At least a dozen schools have offered but Tennessee has not offered yet," Southview coach Jim Mayzes told InsideTennessee.

So, how good is Gant?

"He has the best combination of attitude and athleticism I've ever coached," Mayzes said, "and I've been coaching 30 years.

"He started for me as a freshman on both sides of the ball for a 16-0 state championship team, and I'd never had a freshman start for me before. He caught a touchdown pass in the state championship game as a wide receiver."

Gant also threw a 40-yard pass and registered eight tackles in that title game.

Although he has the skills to play wideout in college, Gant projects to be much more of an impact player at safety.

"The best aspect of his game is his ability to anticipate and his reaction time," Mayzes said. "His dad played safety, so by sixth grade he knew as much about playing safety as most high school seniors would."

Gant probably would be more heralded if he had focused on football throughout his teenage years, instead of spreading his time and energy among an assortment of sports.

"He was involved in three sports his whole career, so once he concentrates on football he'll be even better," Mayzes said. "He throws the shot and discus for the track team and he starts for basketball team. Once he concentrates on football, his game will skyrocket."


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