TomVH: Allen Gant Offered

Submitted by TomVH on May 16th, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Ohio DB Allen Gant received an offer from Michigan today. He was expecting to have to wait until camp to get an offer, but it came early for him.

I talked to Coach Borges over the phone and we were able to talk about what they thought of me. They thought they they liked me enough and they were able to give me an offer. They see me as a safety. I'm very excited and thankful that they offered. As of now I'm going to enjoy the process. I'll try to make it up there hopefully in the next couple weeks.

With Gant being a Michigan legacy this is obviously a big offer for him. We'll see what happens when he makes his visit.



May 17th, 2011 at 12:01 AM ^

I will speculate with you my friend. I feel like this was the offer he has been waiting for and hoke probably knew that which makes me think  A) saw something in him they didn't before (o please o please) or B) one the offers is being declined and the coaches already have an idea about it. Really pulling for A and I have seen him play and I wouldn't be shocked either.


May 17th, 2011 at 12:09 AM ^

Because some of the guys we're recruiting, such as Morgan and Stadifer, could play either safety or corner, safety commits affect corners and vice versa.  If Gant commits, and then Standifer or Morgan commit, Hoke and Co might decide that's enough and not take anymore. 

Or, if Hoke thinks he won'[t get Richardson, he might offer another safety instead of another corner, and when Morgan or Standifer commit, they'll play CB and not safety.  Since many DBs can play either, their commitments affect even those who don't.


May 17th, 2011 at 12:25 AM ^

This is interesting.  It sounded like we were going to be pretty picky with our DB offers.  He'll probably have to jump on that offer soon, it won't be around for very long.

EDIT:  The more I think about this, the weirder it is.  He doesn't have offers from anyone close to elite yet, and it sounds like OSU doesn't want him, so you'd think he'd be around in 6 months if we missed on our big names.  I guess the staff really likes him, kinda strange no one else's staff does.

Snidely Doo Rash

May 17th, 2011 at 12:13 AM ^

is leaning/going elsewhere, it seems smart to immediately up the ante like this in a way that is fair to both recruits and that will make them think hard about their offer.   Playing hard to get works...

Really like this move and recruits are responding to the way the staff are doing things.  The 2x2 pickup pattern maybe a fluke but this makes me wonder.  Could we see 3 DBs line up and blow the collective mind of Mgoblog in the coming days?



Todd Plate's n…

May 17th, 2011 at 12:30 AM ^

caught a hail mary for a td as time expired in the first half of the ohio d-2 state title game a few years ago, was a freshman at the time. congratulations on the offer - nickbob, sv class of '97

Cigarro Cubano

May 17th, 2011 at 12:42 AM ^

We will see what TR decides on Thursday.  The next 48 hours are going to be rampant on this board.   TR, Morgan, Standifer, now Gant.   The saga continues!


May 17th, 2011 at 12:45 AM ^

was going to wait until the All American game to announce.  Then his friends all committed to Michigan.  Then he took a visit to Michigan last weekend.  Then all the sites started saying "there might be some good news for Michigan this week!"  Then Richardson announced he was going to commit this week, like 8 months ahead of schedule.

You do the math.  


May 17th, 2011 at 7:22 AM ^

AAB, thanks for having common sense. Take a look at his top 5, he hasn't visited at least two of those schools for sure. If he were picking anyone but Michigan, he would stick to his prior date and taken all of his official visits. Relax, enjoy the Hoke train.

Space Coyote

May 17th, 2011 at 1:03 AM ^

Not that that is something that needs to be outwardly said, but as even Gant said he's going to let the process play out a bit, it seems that it may be a non-committable offer at this point, more of a "we are really interested in you and please keep us in mind as you go forward."

I know it seems shady, but it is sometimes better and seems more respectful to a recruit to offer them, and then if you get other DB committs tell him "well the offer is still there, but you may be better off persuing other schools".  This is my feeling more than anything.  It is nice for the legacy effect, it helps Gant probably get attention from other schools, and if other recruits fall through it looks good that Michigan has at least been paying attention to him throughout the process.  This offer at least comfirms that they have always had interest.  But if other prospects commit to Michigan that the coaches feel are better, it wouldn't be soul crushing to tell him that it may be in his best interest to look elsewhere.

PS.  This is all purely speculation based on the talent of other DB recruits and how I view Gant and his offer list.  I'm not saying this is the way it is, just throwing it out there as how I view it to mean.  I could be completely off base.


May 17th, 2011 at 7:05 AM ^

Wilson appears to be a better prospect at FS so having Gant as a back up plan while smoothing over the legacy factor seems a likely strategy .  Otherwise the offer is hard to understand except for the usual rubric that "the coaches know more than we do... yadda yadda...".   Of course they do - doesn't mean we can't speculate.

Lupe Fiasco

May 17th, 2011 at 1:27 AM ^

This may have more to do with Jarrod Wilson then Richardson. I read somewhere that he listed WVU, Illinois, Tennessee and Michigan State as schools hes most interested in.


May 17th, 2011 at 8:50 AM ^

But Illinois is a solid academic institution (Top 50 overall, including private schools, according to U.S. News; Michigan is #29). Their College of Engineering is every bit as well respected as ours (Illinois #6 Engineering; Michigan #7).


May 17th, 2011 at 5:07 AM ^

Gant attends my alumni and his head coach (a decorated, accomplished coach who won a state championship a couple years back) is known for being horrible at marketing his players.