Gardner got what he wanted

We are still two years away from the time he will enroll in college and Cocoa (Fla.) defensive back Chauncey Gardner has made a switch in the program he has committed to. This time, according to Cocoa head coach John Wilkinson, he got the offer and committed to the program he really wanted.

Back home in Cocoa while his star player was camping and impressing the coaches at Florida, Wilkinson got a message from Chauncey Gardner that he had committed to the Gators. He wasn't too surprised by the message when he got it.

"Yeah he texted me and said he was going to be a Gator," Wilkinson said Saturday evening. "I am excited for him. It's huge and he's been waiting on that offer, and once he got it, I think it's over."

Wilkinson saw it coming when he recently noticed a change in the 4-star safety.

"He committed to Miami early, but he had a Florida hat on at a recent track meet and I asked him what was going on," he said. "He didn't have the offer until today. He was waiting on it and once he got it he was done."

A real team leader, Wilkinson knows he could win a lot of games with a team full of Gardners. Gardner is a guy that commands attention and respect from others.

"As a person he is 100% huge personality," Wilkinson said. "He is a guy that when he enters the room he lights up the room. He is a super kid and very confident in his abilities.

"As a player for us he can play corner and safety. This year he will play running back and receiver. He can do it all and I am happy he's on our team."

His confidence was on display big time on Saturday at the camp. He talks a big game and he does everything he can possibly do to back that game up. He is tremendously physical at the line of scrimmage and not afraid to take on anyone on the other side of the ball.

"That is one thing about him, he is fearless and wants to be the best," Wilkinson said of Gardner. "He wants to take on the best and he doesn't shy away from anything. If he gets beat he learns from it and that is how you get better."

Wilkinson thinks that Gardner has found his future home and the place he will be happiest.

"I'm real happy for him and he's going to a great place," he said.


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