Staff turnover at Alabama gives Gators a shot with DB Brendan Gant

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Brendan Gant plans to attend Gators spring game

Top-150 overall recruit Brendan Gant committed to Alabama three months ago, but he said his recruitment isn’t over yet.

The 4-star safety from Kathleen High School (Lakeland, Fla.) is still considering other programs and plans to use his five allotted official visits. He is ranked the nation’s No. 5 safety and No. 130 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite.

“I’m still enjoying the process and trying to take it all in,” Gant told SEC Country. “I’m committed, but I still got a lot of time. 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.”

Gant’s future came into question less than a month after making his pledge to the Crimson Tide. His primary recruiter and future position coach at Alabama, Derrick Ansley, joined the Oakland Raiders staff on Jan. 11.

His departure has had an impact on Gant, who is now being recruited by Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

“Coach Ansley, that’s who I was really talking to and we would have phone conversations like every day,” Gant said. “It’s been kind of different with him gone, but I’m still going through the process. Alabama hasn’t really been on me like they were at first.”

Gant said he plans to visit Alabama for its spring game on April 21. He took trips this month to Georgia, Georgia Tech and Miami, and he has a few more schools on his mind.

“Ohio State and Miami are recruiting me the hardest. They text me every day,” Gant said. “Clemson is kind of starting to come along. I talk to Coach [Dan] Mullen and the Florida coaches. I hear from Coach [Willie] Taggart every now and then.”

Gators tight ends coach Larry Scott is Gant’s primary recruiter and has been pursuing him along with Mullen. Florida linebacker and Kathleen alum Ventrell Miller also is recruiting his former teammate to Gainesville.

“Coach Scott and Coach Mullen tell me every day they want me to come up and they can’t wait to see me,” Gant said. “I know I’m going to the spring game for sure, but I’m not sure of other dates. We’re still trying to get that stuff together.

“But I’ve been hearing good things about them from Ventrell. He told me it’s way different at Florida now. Last year they used to goof and play around, but this year it’s more serious and he feels like they’re going to have a pretty good team.”

Florida visit helps Mohamoud Diabate determine major

The state of Alabama’s top-ranked linebacker, Mohamoud Diabate, made his first-ever visit to Florida on Wednesday.

The 4-star recruit from Auburn, Ala., told SEC Country he had great experience and called the university “an amazing place.” Diabate is big on academics and said one of Florida’s advisers gave him some valuable advice.

What was it?

“Helping me figure out my major,” Diabate said. “I want to be a petroleum engineer, and I was going to major in petroleum engineering itself. But talking to the adviser at Florida, they said it would be wiser to major in chemical engineering because with that degree you can do so many different things.

“Engineering itself is a growing field, so you’ll always have a job in the future. With that degree you can do things such as petroleum engineering. But if you’re not fond of that, you can shift to other things with that chemical engineering degree. That really helped mold my interest in the field.”

Diabate recently started doing research on potential majors and came across petroleum engineering as a career path. He said he knows there will be a large job market when his playing days are over.

“I’ve always had interest in working with my hands,” he said. “I’m good at solving problems and being a leader, so things like that I’m interested in. Also, the fact that petroleum engineering is a growing field really, really intrigued me.

“In the future, the amount of petroleum engineering jobs are supposed to double by 2035, so that really pulled me toward the field. Plus the fact that you get a good salary, so I’ll be able to take care of the things that I need in life.”

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