If his showing at The Opening regional was any indication, Cameron Gardner will gain plenty of options down the road. The Class of 2019 wide receiver prospect was named one of the top 10 underclassman performers at the event.
"Gardner really opened our eyes with his ability to separate and get open," Scout's west coast recruiting team reported. "He has very good hands, a nice burst out of his breaks and is an extremely polished player. He should have a big season for the Lancers this fall."
As a sophomore playing at Mater Dei, the No. 3 ranked team in the nation in 2016, Gardner averaged 14.4 yards per reception. As mentioned above, he has moved and will play his junior campaign at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound Gardner is working to improve his route running this summer.
"I have actually only played wide receiver for two years," he said. "I played pretty much everything growing up. I have played running back, outside linebacker, safety, a lot of things before wide receiver. But I'd say that wide receiver is definitely my primary position now. I am also able to play nickel [back], though, so hopefully I can go both ways this year."
While in the Denver area to compete in a 7-on-7 tournament, which they won, Gardner and his B2G 5-Star teammates checked out both Colorado and Colorado State last weekend.
"I am originally from a small town so when I went up to Boulder, it brought back a lot of great memories. Boulder has a small town feel to it. I loved it, it was great," he said. "The atmosphere at Colorado was great. I also loved the coaches and their facilities, as well.
"I think I am on their radar now. I talked to Coach 'Chev' (co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini), who is also their recruiting coordinator. We talked a little and I am going to try to keep in contact with him."
"Colorado State was great, as well," he continued. "I forget the name of the town they are in but it was also just a great experience to be around those coaches. I am going to keep my options open and see what every school has to offer me."
Gardner plans to attend a camp at Washington this summer and he also hopes to stop by Stanford, Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State, USC and UCLA. One of those schools holds a special place in Gardner's heart.
"My father went to Cal and I grew up watching Cal play on Saturdays so that would for sure be a dream school," he said.
A 3.6 student in the classroom, Gardner is leaning towards studying Medicine in the future.