Gant signs to Jaguar Nation

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
DHS’ 2015 senior wide receiver Jaquel Gant signs his National Letter of Intent to play football at Southern University.

For the first time in Bayou Classic History, Donaldsonville fans could see two former Tigers go head-to-head as senior wide receiver Jaquel Gant signed a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate football at Southern University, while teammate Percy Cargo, Jr. signed to play at Grambling State.

After signing on Feb. 4, Gant was asked if the play was called for him to lineup in the slot receiver position and Cargo drops down to man-up on him who would win the matchup. Gant’s reply, right on cue.

“Jaquel Gant got that, touchdown,” the 6’1” 185 pound slot receiver said.

Gant said it feels good to have an opportunity to play football at the next level, his childhood dream.

“I couldn’t do it without putting God first and thanking him first,” Gant said. “I also thank my family, coaches and teachers in the classroom who helped me be eligible to play.”

Gant was always a highly recruited receiver and had four other schools offer him.

Gant said Southern gives him an opportunity to stay close to home and “play in front of my family on the weekends.”

“It felt like home when I went on my visit and my decision was wherever I felt like was home I’d choose that place and it was Southern,” Gant said.

Gant’s father, Jeff Johnson, said it’s blessing and added he’s glad “to see my boy go to college.”

“I knew he was going to be a good kid, and the idea for him to go to college was part of it all along,” Johnson said. “By him going go to school makes me a proud father to see him go off to college and continue his dreams with football.”

DHS’ athletic director and head football coach Benny Guilbeaux said both Gant and Cargo are “continuing a tradition.”

“Not only representing themselves and their families, Donaldsonville High School, but also the City of Donaldsonville by going to two respected universities, to not only continue playing football but to make progress in the academics,” Guilbeau said. “I wish them nothing but the best for their futures.”