October 6, 2010

Gant checks out Big Ten rivals

Back in 2008, Allen Gant emerged as a big-time playmaker as he was a big part of Sylvania Southview finishing 15-0 and winning the Ohio Division II state championship.

At the time, Gant was just a freshman. Fast-forward three years and Southview continues to rack up the wins with Gant in the lineup. The Cougars are 28-3, which includes a 6-0 start this season, since Gant's freshman year.

Again, the Cougars have their eyes on a state title.

"We feel really good," Gant said. "We are healthy and we are confident but still have a long way to go."

Gant, who already has 17 catches for 328 yards and a touchdown on offense and 30 tackles and two interceptions on defense, said he's improved a lot since his freshman season.

"I'm tackling better and able to read plays better," he said.

Already Gant's performance during his four years at Southview has led to several college programs extending early scholarship offers. He's also drawn interest from power programs across the country.

"I have (an offer) from Stanford, West Virginia and Ball State," he said. "Schools from basically all around the country are showing interest."

Ohio State and Michigan both have shown early interest and Gant has made unofficial visits to both schools.

He attended Ohio State's home game against Miami and was in Ann Arbor for Michigan's game against Bowling Green.

"Ohio State is a great atmosphere," he said. "Michigan is a great atmosphere too and a great place to play in."

At Ohio State, Gant had the opportunity to talk with the Buckeyes defensive coaches.

"They were congratulating me on my season and said they are interested in me at safety," he said.

The Buckeyes aren't alone as most schools are recruiting Gant to play on the defensive side of the ball.

For now, Gant said he'll keep his options open and he plans to make several more visits in the future.

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