Florida State has been one of the hottest teams in the country on the 2019 recruiting trail over the past week. The Seminoles have added three commitments to their 2019 class, including a pledge from four-star safety Brendan Gant.
“Just the environment, the new coaching staff and the other commitments,” Gant told GN regarding why he committed to Florida State. “I just knew that’s where I wanted to be.”
Gant, (6-foot-1, 192 pounds) from Lakeland (FL.) Kathleen, is considered to be a top 10 safety prospect in the country and a top 125 overall recruit nationally in the 2019 class. Gant had been committed to Alabama for four months before de-committing from the Tide on April 22. He also held offers from programs like Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State and others before committing to Florida State.
One major factor in Gant’s decision was his relationship with Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart.
“He’s a cool, outgoing guy with a lot of swag,” Gant said. “He’s all about business and he’s very energetic.
“He was a big factor in my decision. Most of the time the head coach is stuck up in a way where you don’t really interact, but the way Coach Taggart interacts with his players and recruits, he wants to talk with you every time. He will sit down and have a conversation with you.
“He will have fun with you as well especially on these recruiting trips, it’s not just all about football. It’s bigger than football, it’s more than football.”
Gant was a part of the “Saturday Night Live” camp in Tallahassee this past weekend and he says he felt right at home at Doak Campbell Stadium.
“Just me being on the field during the ‘Saturday Night Live’ camp in the stadium, I had chills,” Gant said. “It’s like I was getting ready to play a game as I was warming up and I love that feeling and I just can’t wait. It felt like home.”
What type of person is Florida State getting in Gant?
“I feel like I’m a natural born leader,” Gant said. “I’m going to try to make the people around me better because I want them to try and make me better. So, we can all be great together.
“I’m real humble about things and sometimes I can be too quiet until I get comfortable around you. I’m a hard worker and I’m going to try my best to do what I have to do to make it happen.”
Gant is listed as a safety by most recruiting websites, but he’s open to switching positions when he arrives in Tallahassee.
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