Former running back Steele Chambers has also entered the mix along with USC transfer Palaie Gaoteote while senior K’Vaughn Pope has filled a role on some passing downs.
According to Pro Football Focus, Gant played 47 snaps in the first three games. The site gave him a grade of 45.5, which is well below average but not far ahead of Chambers or far behind Mitchell as the position group as a whole has gotten off to a slow start to the season.
If Gant follows through and leaves the program, Ohio State will be left with eight scholarship linebackers, a group that includes true freshman Reid Carrico and redshirt freshman Mitchell Melton. Melton is out with a long-term injury suffered in the spring.
The linebackers room also includes walk-ons Cade Kacherski, a senior contributor on special teams, Ryan Batsch, Jackson Kuwatch and Jalen Pace.
Kuwatch is a freshman from Lakota West while Pace is a freshman from St. Louis and the son of Ohio State Hall of Fame offensive lineman Orlando Pace.
Gant, who is eligible to return after entering the portal but not guaranteed to be allowed back on scholarship, would be the seventh Ohio State scholarship player to transfer since the end of last season.
The only other one from the defensive side of the ball is Tyreke Johnson, former five-star recruit cornerback who transferred to Nebraska.