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Brendan Gant talks Florida recruiting
The Gators had 10 players suspended for their season opener, including linebacker Ventrell Miller and wide receiver James Robinson.
Brendan Gant, a 4-star defensive back in the Class of 2019, is close with both true freshmen. All three are from Lakeland, Fla.
“Ventrell and James, we all played together on the same 7-on-7 team,” Gant told SEC Country. “Those guys are like big brothers to me.”
Gant and Miller were teammates for two seasons at Kathleen High School, and Gant competed against Robinson as a freshman and sophomore when his team played Lakeland.
Miller and Robinson received one-game suspensions for their marijuana citations in late August, and Miller is still not with the team for his involvement in the credit card fraud allegations.
Despite those issues, Gant told SEC Country that Miller and Robinson are still encouraging him to attend Florida.
“They just say it’s a great program,” Gant said. “I’ve heard nothing negative from them yet. They tell me how all the coaches are there for them and they’re helping them out with the problems they have.”
Gant said Florida, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee are the early standouts for him. He visited UF for the Tennessee game, which was his second trip to Gainesville in three months.
“I just like coming to Florida. Every time I come up, I enjoy it,” Gant said. “It’s a great program. I know they have great educational programs and they produce a lot of NFL players. I like that.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Gant is ranked the nation’s No. 8 safety and No. 128 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite. He plans to decide some time during his senior year.
“When I commit, I want to be able to say I’m 100 percent committed and not look at nobody else at all,” Gant said. “I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and know my education is going to be great.”
Gators offensive line coach Brad Davis handles the Polk County area and serves as the primary recruiter for Gant.
“He’s a cool guy,” Gant said of Davis. “He tells me what it is and what it’s not. He just keeps it real with me.”
Florida’s 2019 class is ranked No. 1 nationally and features some of the state’s best players. Gant hears from several of them and — like Miller and Robinson — it’s been all positive.
“Every time they get a chance to talk to me, the other commits say they’re waiting on me,” Gant said. “They really want me to commit.”
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