Tempe senior quarterback Emanuel Gant, the first player in Arizona high school history to amass 10,000 passing yards in a career, received his first football scholarship offer over the weekend.
He is hoping the offer from Prairie View A&M in Texas will ignite his recruitment, which was on idle until now because of college coaches’ concerns about his grades.
Gant, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, said he has raised his grade-point average, prompting the offer.
“It means a lot to me and it just shows me hard work in the classroom will help a lot, because schools won’t be afraid to pull the trigger,” Gant said.
Gant said that he was told a Texas-El Paso football coach will come through Tempe High this week to check on him.
Gant, who made the azcentral sports first-team All-Division III team after passing for 3,141 yards and 33 touchdowns, led the Buffaloes to a 12-1 record and a state semifinal finish. He set a state record for all-time passing yards with 10,489. He also threw 106 career touchdown passes.
He is currently helping the top-ranked Tempe basketball team to an 11-4 record as a power forward.