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Gant switches to Marshall

Safety Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla., is no longer committed to Georgia and plans to sign with Marshall on Wednesday.

Gant's reasons for the switch were tied to academics rather than a desire to de-commit, according to Keith DeMyer, his coach at Lake Gibson High School. Gant officially visited Marshall this past weekend.

"There were way too many ifs in his situation for Georgia," DeMyer said. "As much as he wanted to go (to UGA) -- and believe me it was a tear-jerking decision for him -- he just had to make a decision that was best for him down the road."

Gant can enroll in Marshall as a partial qualifier. Had he chosen to sign with Georgia, he would have wound up attending junior college, DeMyer said.

"That's pretty much what it came down to," DeMyer said. "He could have signed on Signing Day to Georgia but he was done for a year. They were going to stick him somewhere. ... He didn't have the test score, and they weren't going to hold the scholarship for him."

A four-star prospect, Gant is rated as the nation's No. 20 overall safety according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Georgia currently has 18 known commitments for its 2014 class with Signing Day approaching and several targets yet to announce decisions.

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