January 25, 2009
Gardner has great visit to Ohio State
Recruiting never stops and while the Buckeyes might be on the verge of landing a class of 2009 quarterback in Tajh Boyd Ohio State welcomed in one of the nation's top signal callers for the class of 2010 when Detroit (Mich.) Inkster quarterback Devin Gardner visited Columbus.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder led his high school team to the state championship game and passed for more than 1850 yards with 26 touchdowns while also rushing for 1400 yards and 22 scores. The senior-to-be already has a handful of offers including in-state Michigan and Michigan State as well as Notre Dame.
Gardner had to brave snowy weather on the drive down south that he made with his brother but had plenty of good things to say about the trip.
"(The visit) went really well," Gardner said. "Everything was very nice and I got to meet with all the coaches and everything."
Gardner has only made one previous trip to Columbus (Ohio) before and that was for a NIKE camp nearly a year ago. What was different this time around from his last trip?
"I saw the whole Woody Hayes Facility," Gardner said. "It was really nice and it was great to see."
The dual-threat QB had a busy weekend going to a Michigan basketball game on Saturday. How would he compare the two visits?
"I really can't really compare them really," Gardner said. "Yesterday was just a game and it wasn't a junior day so I can't compare them."
Jim Tressel made the trip on Friday for an in-school visit to Gardner's school and while conversation is limited due to NCAA restrictions Gardner knew that the coaches would look at his tape again on Saturday morning and apparently the tape was a big success.
"As soon as I walked in all of the coaches showed great admiration of how they liked my tape," Gardner said. "Every single time I talked to a coach and introduced myself and they told me that they knew who I was and that they had watched my tape and thought it was amazing. That was a real nice thing."
So of course the question revolves around if an offer was extended to the 2010 star.
"I don't know yet," Gardner said. "They said that they are going to get back to me."
Does the knowledge of a top quarterback (likely) coming into the program do anything to turn Gardner off toward the Buckeyes?
"It really doesn't bother me that much," Gardner said.
Gardner added that he knew that regardless of where he goes that there will be talent all around him and that competition is the name of the game.
Did the trip do anything to change Gardner's opinion of Ohio State or did things stay the same with the bar already being set high?
"Things really haven't changed," Gardner said. "I expected them to have nice facilities like I saw so I still feel (good)."
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