Georgia Tech gets 1st commit for 2016 (UPDATED)

Georgia Tech got its first commitment for 2016.

Xavier Gantt, a running back from powerhouse Buford High School, committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

“I think he has been down to Georgia Tech quite a few times,” Buford coach Jess Simpson told the AJC. “He had built a close relationship with those coaches. And now he’ll have a teammate in David Curry (a 2015 Tech signee from Buford) when he gets down there.

Xavier Gantt (Buford HS)

Xavier Gantt (Buford HS)

“Xavier is a great student, first of all. He’s a great kid with great character. He’s a leader in our program, and he’s a special talent on the field.”

The 5-foot-10, 163-pound junior rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season, despite missing a few games due to injury. He also played defensive back, finishing with 12 tackles, one pass block and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. On special teams, Gantt returned eight kickoffs for 369 yards and two touchdowns.

He will play running back at Tech.

“He’s just explosive,” Simpson said. “A lot of people didn’t get to see him because he tore a hamstring in week 11. And he was really playing well. He tried to come back from it. I think he played two or three plays in the state championship game, but he just wasn’t 100 percent.

“But he’s one of those guys that when the ball is in his hands, everybody stops what they are doing to watch. He’s electric. He’s can make you miss, and he can run by you. He’s special.”

Gantt’s coach said he had early offers from Miami, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Wake Forest, among others. “He had a bunch of offers,” Simpson said. “I think he’s excited about being close to home.”

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