Posted: 9:53 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014

UGA may lose recruit for non-football reasons 

By Michael Carvell

Longtime UGA DB commit Kendall Gant (AJC)

Longtime UGA DB commit Kendall Gant (AJC)

UGA could lose one of its top football recruits for reasons that have nothing to do with football.

Kendall Gant is a 4-star safety from Florida’s Lake Gibson High School who committed to former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham last summer.

This weekend, Gant took a “secret visit” to Marshall (which was discovered after Gant inadvertently left on the GPS ID option on his Twitter account).

On Monday, his coach told the AJC that Gant is still committed to UGA, but considering a flip to Marshall for non-football reasons. Unlike UGA, Marshall can accept NCAA partial qualifiers.

“I spoke with Kendall briefly this morning, and he’s still sitting on the Georgia thing,” Lake Gibson coach Keith DeMyer said. “But there are some academic issues he needs to work through to make a decision on one or the other. There are some options that Marshall can give him that Georgia can’t. But then there’s that Georgia/SEC thing sitting right there for him.

“He’s looking at everything while needing two more points (on his test score) to qualify for Georgia. It’s ‘If I sign with UGA, they are going to do this for me. But if I sign with Marshall, I don’t have to worry about that test score. I can prop and be ready to go the following year.’ I don’t know.

“That’s the only reason he took that trip because Georgia is his No. 1. There’s no doubt about that. There’s no question about that whatsoever. That’s really, really where he wants to go. I’m going to be waiting on his decision just like everybody else. But I do know that Georgia is his No. 1.”

Gant is expected to make his final decision by Wednesday. He’s one of at least three UGA commits that could flip to other schools at the last minute.

According to Gant’s coach, UGA has made it clear that it is willing to sign Gant, even though he may not qualify by the summer.

“It’s possibly a prep school that Georgia sends those guys who aren’t qualified and they want to hold onto them,” DeMyer said. “They want to be able to re-sign them for 2015. He has got some issues with his test score. He is taking the test next weekend. I can’t give you a definitive answer on what he’s going to do.

“I just don’t know. I don’t think he knows. I do know Georgia is his No. 1 choice. I just know academically he has to make a decision. That’s all.”

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11 comments
DVan
DVan

Most likely will end up with Auburn & being one the key factors resulting in a GA defeat!

SECFan1
SECFan1

"DawgGoneIt: ....UGA will be holding the crystal football in January."

Reading that has reminded me that we are in the off-season, once again.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Chuck Oliver has referred to Marshall as "the 13th grade." Anyway, being a player at Marshall or going JUCO and showing enough to get interest from a big-time school is probably a crap-shoot. That's dice, for the little AJC interns that try to scrub the blog posts.

SLR
SLR

Do you people ever print GOOD news about UGA recruiting---or does it always have to have a negative slant to sell papers?

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

If he isn't going to qualify, this is probably for the best.  It will allow the young man to play, and it will allow UGA to offer his scholarship to someone else.

GaDawg98'
GaDawg98'

What about Tavon Ross? Has anyone heard anything from him regarding his visit?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

I'll say this: Whoever signs that dotted line on Wednesday will be a new breed of Dawgs and whoever does not will be sorry they didn't. UGA will be holding the crystal football in January. We finally will have a defense. To the recruits, you better get on now...don't get left behind. Plus you'll go 4-0 against your in-state rival. That's just what we do around here.

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

Seems like this kind of thing happens every year. Also, do people still post FIRST?. If so, then FIRST.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@SLR  WTF are you talking about?

The AJC prints/post 10 articles to every 1 TECH article. Get the .....Over it.

Do some research and see how much UGa Football crap the AJC feeds readers over covering other sports of other colleges in the state or even SEC ACC teams.

The GREATEST College Basketball game was played by the 2 best active winningest coaches and what did the UGajc have to say on the subject?

Duke's Coach K 900+ wins faced Syracuse's Coach B 900+wins and a top 10 matchup but how much was written about that GREAT GAME?

Oh HO HO sorry is was not about the SEC bullcrap league so the UGajc didn't give it the coverage it deserved, but we heard about some high school football players doing a DANCE that will not matter for YEARS when they actuall play on the FIELD.