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Gant commits to Georgia

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Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson defensive back Kendall Gant gave a verbal pledge to Georgia Friday night at the 'Dawg Night camp showcase.
The Bulldogs landed a three-star defender and the No. 56-ranked player in the state of Florida. Head coach Mark Richt and his staff have done an excellent job in the Sunshine State this year, landing commitments from Gant, Gilbert Johnson, and five-star running back Sony Michel.
Gant cited the coaching staff as his primary reason for committing to the 2012 SEC East champions over Florida State, Kentucky, LSU and USC.
"The coaching staff is real laid-back. I got a lot of love from the coaches," Gant said. "I always said I wanted to play for Georgia. I got to see everything. and I really liked the campus."
He committed to Richt and running backs coach Bryan McClendon, also known as B-Mac to most recruits. He joined Dyshon Sims and Shakenneth Williams, who also announced for UGA Friday evening.
What was the reaction from the coaches?
"They were excited. I was excited," Gant said. "Now I'm going to try and get some other guys committed for this class."
Last fall, Gant collected 64 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three blocked field goals while playing free safety and cornerback.
He said Georgia wants him at free safety and he is comfortable in that role for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Gant likes the way Grantham employs his defensive schemes.
Georgia is No. 12 in the Rivals Team Rankings with its new trio of commitments.
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