High School: St. John’s Jesuit (Toledo, OH)
Position: Outside Linebacker
When did you first develop a passion for football?
I actually didn’t start playing football until 6th grade. I had always been a baseball player, but that year my parents helped me try it out. Although my parents couldn’t agree, my mom wanting me to play tackle and my father pushing for flag, I finally decided to join the local tackle football league.
From Day 1, I was hooked.
Growing up, I pretty much only watched the NFL. The college level didn’t come until I was a little bit older, but then I fell in love with Michigan State. So when I got the chance to visit East Lansing and receive an offer, it was surreal.
Even as a Buckeye, I still have a ton of respect for that program.
Favorite College Football Player:
I love watching Lamar Jackson, his style is just electric. But I also was a big fan of Deshone Kizer when he was Notre Dame because he’s from Toledo like me.
Greatest High School Game:
During my freshman year and only my third game starting, we played one of our rivals Whitmer and I had the chance to really help the defense. Recording 10+ tackles and playing multiple positions for our team, I felt like I really put myself on the map.
What is your biggest goal for this year?
As our team captain, I just want to lead us to a winning season and a deep playoff run. I honestly don’t really care about my statistics, I just want us to play well as a team and strive to win every game.
What is the Best Coaching Advice You Have Ever Received?
Everybody isn’t going to tell you the truth during the recruitment process. When you’re visiting programs, many coaches will tell you that you can be the starter immediately or other promises, but you shouldn’t listen.
I just tried to find the best fit for me, as the coaches who are telling you things might not be there for your whole college career to keep any promises.
What is the One Thing You Want College Coaches to Know About You?
I am in love with winning. Unfortunately for my friends and family, this means that I am competitive with absolutely everything. But for a coach, they should know that I am disciplined to put in the work to win, no matter what I need to sacrifice.
Dallas Gant | Phenom