Nevada Tight End Enjoys ASU Visit

Aside from being Churchill County High School's MVP at tight end, Lyle Gardner, from Fallon, Nev. is also a state champion wrestler for the Green Waves. Due to a wrestling duel, his trip to the Sun Devils was barely 24 hours long. Nonetheless, it was time well spent as he told Devils Digest.

"It went really good, I liked it a lot," said the 6-3 240 Lyle Gardner about his visit. "The coaches were real nice, I liked the campus, the town was nice…I had a good time." The tight end was hosted by Wes Evans who hails from Reno, Nevada.

Gardner was voted the High Desert League's co-Lineman of the Year and was a first-team selection at tight end. Other honors included All-Sierra selection, first-team as both a tight end and a linebacker. Gardner paced the Green Waves in receiving with 24 catches for 411 yards and three TDs this season. As a linebacker he tallied 53 tackles, five tackles for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble. He was also his team's long snapper.

"I think he's got the potential to be a big time tight end," claimed Churchill County's Head Coach Ray Holladay. "He has the softest hands of any wide receiver I've seen. He didn't catch that many balls because he was double-teamed 99% of the time. He has a lot room to grow. He's a special player because he could also play defensive end at the next level, but schools are recruiting him as tight end."

Gardner is being recruited by ASU's tight end coach Dan Cozzetto, who also showed interest in the tight end while he was on Dennis Erickson's staff at Idaho. Gardner mentioned that he doesn't have an offer by ASU, but does have offers from Oregon and Nevada. He already visited Oregon State, and plans to visit Nevada this coming weekend. "I like ASU a lot," he noted. "They would be in the top three with Oregon and Nevada."

The tight end is still working on getting academically qualified, but according to coach Holladay he isn't too far from achieving that feat.

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