The Buckeyes secured their second in-state prospect today when 4-star outside linebacker Dallas Gant committed to the Buckeyes in a ceremony at his high school today. Gant selected the Buckeyes over offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State.
Gant (6-3 225) is a 4-star prospect out of St. John’s High School in Toledo, Ohio. Named third-team All-State last season, he is ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect in the country, and is Ohio’s No. 4 overall prospect. He becomes Ohio State’s ninth commitment from inside the top 150 of the 247Sports Composite rankings (he is their #23 overall athlete in their own rankings), and they are poised to land a few more from that group as well.
Coming from a Catholic high school, Notre Dame was a serious contender for Gant’s services, even garnering multiple visits to South Bend over the past year. When it came down to deciding, however, Gant cited Ohio State’s ability to win on the field as well as their documented success at life after football with “Real Life Wednesdays.”
As mentioned before, Gant becomes the second athlete from the state of Ohio to commit to the class of 2018, joining Westerville’s Jaelen Gill. Gant also becomes the first linebacker recruit in this class after Palaie Gaoteote and Payton Wilson decided to head to USC and North Carolina, respectively. The Buckeyes are hoping for more good linebacker recruiting news later this month when Teradja Mitchell decides on either Ohio State or Florida State after his visit last weekend.
With Gant’s announcement, the Buckeyes now have 10 commitments in the class of 2018 and are currently ranked No. 2 behind only Miami in the 247 team rankings. The Buckeyes have seven fewer commits than Miami.
We will have more on Gant’s commitment later this week. Check out his junior year highlights below.