November 2, 2010

Gant focused on playoffs

Sylvania Southview junior wide receiver/defensive back Allen Gant already has emerged as one of Ohio's top prospects in the recruiting class of 2012.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has drawn several early offers and interest from many of the Midwest's top college programs, including Ohio State and Michigan.

Earlier this season Gant attended games in Columbus and Ann Arbor. Any other visit will have to wait until the 10-0 Cougars finish their playoffs run.

"We're feeling pretty good," said Gant about the Cougars, who earned the second seed in Division I, Region 2 and host Twinsburg in a first round playoff game on Saturday. "They are very fast and talented but we'll be ready."

During the regular season, Gant caught 20 passes for 395 yards and scored a touchdown. On defense he had 44 tackles and three interceptions. He also recovered a fumble and returned it for a score.

While he shines on both sides of the ball, Gant said most schools are recruiting him to play safety. That includes Ohio State.

"They show a lot of interest," Gant said. "I talk to Dick Tressel a lot. He says they are very interested and just a lot of other good stuff."

The Buckeyes remain near the top of Gant's early list, but he's in no hurry to declare any real favorites.

Instead, he'll remain focused on the task at hand, which is helping the Cougars to win their second state title since 2008.

"I'm still interested in Ohio State but I don't have any favorites," Gant said.

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