The two-star lineman is 6-foot-4, 310-pounds, and his appearance at FNL was his second camp showing in front of the Buckeye coaching staff in the past month. Gardner was at Ohio State's summer camp in June, and tried to commit at the time. He was asked to return in July, and this time Gardner received the news he was hoping for.
"Tim has always wanted to be a Buckeye, so him committing isn't all that shocking," Jason West, Gardner's head coach, told FoxSportsNext. "They liked him at their camp in June, but they wanted to see him get to a weight goal before they would take him. Tim went back, just as they asked him to do, and he did very well. He got his offer today (Saturday), and he took it immediately."
"He is very excited to have this taken care of, because we always felt he would take this if it came about," West added. "That's exactly where Tim wants to be, so as a coach I'm very happy for him this all worked out as it did."
West also took the time to describe his player, both on and off the football field.
"Tim is a very athletic, interior guy," his head coach explained. "Last year, he played at about 345-pounds, which is too much for him. He has changed his body and put so much work into it, that he's really moving better right now. He's very athletic for a big guy, and he can move."
"His body is now getting to be where he needs to be," West continued. "Tim went about doing what they asked him to do, and that meant a lot to the Ohio State coaching staff. That went into their decision-making process I'm sure. He is an inside guy, and he has a chance to be an excellent guard or center. He is a very large, massive kid, and he loves the game of football."
"Off the field, Tim is a great person to be around," he stressed. "He is a very nice kid, and he is a pleasure to be around. Tim is just now learning the game of football, and learning what he needs to do to be an elite player at the next level. It was good for him to be at Ohio State twice in the past month, to see the type of competition he will face on a daily basis at the next level. Tim will be a good one for Ohio State, I have no doubt."
FoxSportsNext will continue to follow the Gardner commitment, and will attempt to get the player's comments.