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Georgia Tech Football: Meet the Recruits - AB Xavier Gantt

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We start this year's "Meet the Recruits" series off with Tech's very first commit.

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As a Recruit

Coming out of Buford High School, Gantt was rated as a 3-star prospect by both Rivals (5.7) and the 247Sports Composite (0.8606). He first committed to Tech shortly after National Signing Day of last year on Feb. 11, 2015. He also had reported offers from quite a few schools, including Iowa, Miami (Fl.), Mississippi State and Ohio State. Clemson, Florida State and Oregon also reportedly had interest in Gantt. He stayed true to his commitment to the very end, though, and signed with the Yellow Jackets on National Signing Day.


Though he's pretty small at just 5 feet 9 inches and 165 pounds, Gantt brings an incredible amount of speed to the board. He is very easily the fastest player on any field he's played on up to this point, and that's saying something since Buford has one of the toughest teams in the state. In addition to that speed, Gantt also adds some shiftiness which helps him avoid would-be tacklers.

What to Expect

It's really hard to find something not to like about Gantt, and if I have to pick something, I would go with his size. Personally, I like my A-backs a little bit bigger, but as he gets into a college strength and conditioning program, I fully expect him to put on a little bit more muscle. I'm very interested to see what kind of blocker he is. If he can bulk up a little bit and prove to be a good blocker, he could see the field relatively quickly.

As he progresses through his career, I expect him to be a bit of a catalyst in Tech's vision to get faster on offense, which looking at the last couple of classes, seems to be the goal.