Dallas Carter wideout Allen Gardner wants to be the next.
The next Marcus Monk, that is.
Gardner (6-6, 200, 4.6), who will officially visit the University of Arkansas this weekend along with Dallas Carter offensive lineman DeMarcus Love (6-3, 265), figures he could follow right in Monk's footsteps with the Razorbacks.
After all, he is a star basketball player as well.
"I have read up on Marcus Monk and how Arkansas utilizes him and how effective he has been as a tall , 6-6 or 6-7 wide receiver like myself," Gardner said. "A lot of these schools want to bring me in and beef me up and put me at tight end or defensive end, but Arkansas sees my potential as a wideout because of what they have been able to do with him."
Gardner, whose team ran out to an 11-0 mark before losing to Garland 12-7 in a second round state playoff game at the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium, was slotted as a tight end for Carter.
He caught 12 passes for 310 yards - an average of just under 26 yards per catch - and 6 touchdowns while splitting out for a team that rushed over 600 times and passed just 103 snaps.
"The thing I think I do best as a wide receiver is my yards after catch," Gardner said. "And I take a lot of pride in that all of my catches either went for a touchdown or a first down."
Just like former East Poinsett Country star Monk, Gardner has shown his athleticism on the basketball court.
He pumped in 25 points against W.T. White last Tuesday and 15 on Friday night in a win over Skyline as Carter got its seventh win in eight games and move to 14-8 on the season.
"I have real good quickness and can jump really well and I am able to use that on the football field as well as the basketball court," Gardner said. "We had a great football season and now we have got it going in basketball."
Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen has impressed Love and Gardner, who has also drawn interest from Michigan State, Kansas State, UTEP and Stephen F. Austin and Texas State.
"He's done a great job at telling us everything he can and getting us very excited about coming to Arkansas," Gardner said. "We have been talking about how great it would be to play at the same school in college."
Love has visited Arizona, Kansas and Kansas State and will be taking his last visit to Arkansas.
"He's a great offensive lineman," Gardner said. "He's big, strong and doesn't have any body fat. If he gets locked onto you, it's over with. You can just start thinking about the next play."
Gardner may visit Kansas State next weekend, but is hoping the trip to Arkansas will be his last.
"I think Arkansas is going to the place for me," Gardner said. "I am anxious to get up there and check it out."
The next Marcus Monk?
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