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Blue-chip safety Brendan Gant makes it official, signs with FSU

The hard-hitting safety is headed to Tallahassee.


Florida State adds to a loaded secondary class with the signing of long-committed safety Brendan Gant. The All-American out of Lakeland, Florida was once committed to Alabama, but has been an FSU pledge since July of 2018.

After posting a 5-7 record in 2018, the Seminoles have taken a bit of a hit recruiting-wise, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at their haul of defensive backs. The success recruiting in the secondary might be attributed to the promise of playing time as Gant and a handful of talented incoming freshman will hope to play a hand in resurrecting FSU’s 119th ranked pass defense.

Listed at 6’2”, 185 pounds, Gant is the 117th overall prospect in the nation and the 11th ranked safety per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

If there is one takeaway from Gant’s tape, it’s that he is, by no means, afraid of contact.

His physical play style is one that FSU fans have become accustomed to with the likes of Lamarcus Joyner and Derwin James occupying the safety position for the Seminoles over the past few years. FSU lacked a player like this on defense last year and Gant could very well inherit that role.

In addition to crushing hits, Gant is a smart player that shines particularly in run support and tackling in the open field. He is also a great special teams player that should see plenty of snaps in his freshman season.

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