Alabama safety commit Brendan Gant working on return trip to Miami

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The adidas East Coast Invitational’s presence in Homestead, Fla., earlier this month was something of a boon to Miami’s recruiting efforts. The Hurricanes were able to bring top-flight prospects from all across the Southeast to Coral Gables, Fla., for unofficial visits during the surrounding days. Miami even managed to get Brendan Gant, an Alabama commit, to come see campus.

Gant’s visit wasn’t just a matter of convenience, either. The 4-star safety wants to get back soon.

“I’m not sure when,” Gant told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi at an Elite 11 regional Sunday in Davenport, Fla., “but I’m going to visit Miami again.”

Gant still isn’t sure it will be Saturday for the Hurricanes’ junior day event, but a trip back to South Florida should come sometime this spring. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound free safety was blown away by his stay in the Miami metropolitan area.

Even though he’s only a few hours away — he attends Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla. — the Miami area is a different world and the Hurricanes’ turnaround in 2017 is enough to intrigue Gant.

“I had a good time on my visit. It was different. The city, the palm trees and everything was really nice,” he said. “I like the program. They had a good season last year and they’re back on the come up. They’re bringing the swag back to the U.”

Gant sported a Miami wristband at the East Coast Invitational a day after visiting. The Hurricanes’ constant communication still has them in the forefront of his mind. Safeties coach Ephraim Banda frequently talks to Gant and has established a longstanding relationship with the rising senior.

The Hurricanes first offered Gant, who also plays quarterback for Kathleen, in May, although he said the staff has been in touch since before then. The defensive back’s recruitment came to a somewhat surprising end in December when he committed to the Crimson Tide only about two months after Alabama offered.

Gant remains firm in his pledge, although his early commitment means he’s far from done with the process. The athlete also visited Georgia and Georgia Tech in March.

“I’m still enjoying the process and trying to take it all in. I’m committed, but I still got a lot of time,” Gant said. “So I keep an open mind, but I never know what could happen in the future. At the end of the day, my final decision is going to be what’s best for my future.”

For now, Gant’s recruitment seems to be a three-team race. Considered the No. 5 safety in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports composite rankings, Gant plans to take multiple official visits in the fall and winter. The Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs, he said, are both locks to host him. Miami seems like a safe bet to be a third.

“I’m thinking about Georgia, Bama and maybe Miami,” Gant said. “Other than that, I don’t know.”

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