"FAU is having a tough season but I feel like the class that's coming in is going to help the program a lot. They need improvement and that's what has to get done."
Gardner, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, finished his senior season with 50 tackles and five sacks. He hopes to go in and play right away at the next level.
"They told me I have a good chance of coming in and playing right away," he said. "I plan to visit them in December or January."
Despite the commitment and strong feelings towards FAU, Gardner is still looking to see some other schools.
"I plan to visit Louisiana Lafayette," he said. "They're a pretty good team and they're building their team up."
The standout defensive tackle prospect talked about what he'll be looking for in a school after he takes all his visits.
"I'm looking for a college where I can be comfortable and be able to get my education and play football," he said. "I want to be able to really like the college."