Safety Kendall Gant, who committed to Georgia in July, will sign on Wednesday at Marshall, according to his coach at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Fla.
Gant, a four-star prospect by Scout.com, is in danger of not qualifying academically. Marshall can take NCAA partial qualifiers while Georgia can‚Äôt.
‚ÄúMarshall can do some more things for him compared to what Georgia had plans to deal with him,‚Äù said Lake Gibson coach Keith DeMyer. ‚ÄúThe whole bottom line is he really wanted to go (to Georgia) but he put himself in a hole academically and he felt more comfortable dealing with Marshall in that respect.‚Äù
Gant still needs to better his ACT test score by two points, DeMyer said, but even if he did that, Georgia wanted him to go to Georgia Military College or a prep school in Atlanta.
‚ÄúThey were not walking away but they were giving up his scholarship to somebody else so he would have been stuck,‚Äù DeMyer said. ‚ÄúThe only option was to go to a JUCO and he didn‚Äôt want to go to JUCO.‚Äù
With Gant no longer a Georgia commitment, the Bulldogs now have 18 known commitments in this class, including quarterback Jacob Park, who is already enrolled.