Gardner's Dozen; UNC and Missouri Looking

Jacksonville (FL) Raines High School running back Alex Gardner has a dozen offers. The rising senior talks about UNC camp as well as where he stands with Minnesota, Missouri and South Florida.

Jacksonville (FL) Raines High School running back Alex Gardner has had quite a spring and early summer as it relates to scholarship offers. Gardner held offers from Western Michigan, Ohio and Toledo going into the second week of spring drills this past May. Since that time the running back has picked up an additional nine offers including his second in-state offer yesterday.

The latest offer for the 5-foot-9 and 183-pound back came from Florida International. FIU joins a list that also includes Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, UMass, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Samford, Troy and UAB.

"Recruiting is going great," said Gardner. "I am enjoying getting to build relationships and getting to know the coaches from each school. It was great to get the offer from FIU yesterday. That gives me two in-state offers with FAU already having offered."

The rising senior who now has a dozen offers may have more on the way as he continues to pick up interest from other schools. According to Gardner he is also hearing from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Duke, South Florida and Stanford. Gardner attended camp earlier in the month at North Carolina and Duke.

"I camped at both North Carolina and Duke already this summer. I thought I did really well at North Carolina. I got a chance to sit down and talk with Coach Jordan (running back coach Randy Jordan) and Coach Disch (cornerback coach Dan Disch) after camp and we took a tour of campus. They said they are going to recruit me hard but that they didn't know what their scholarship numbers would be due to the NCAA investigation," said Gardner of his visit to UNC.

The quick-cutting, physical running back also thinks Minnesota and South Florida may offer in the fall. He has also recently picked up interest from Missouri.

"Minnesota said they were going to recruit me just like I had been offered. They said that it might be later into the season before they offer though. I also spoke with USF yesterday and they are planning to watch me in the early part of this season and then let me know where I stand with them. I spoke with Missouri too and they liked the film they saw on me. They thought I had great vision, nice feet and liked that I ran with power," said Gardner

The running back also plans on making a couple of unofficial visits to the in-state schools that have offered.

"I am going to take unofficial visits to FAU and FIU sometime in July but I haven't set the dates yet. Right now all of the schools that are recruiting me are on an equal playing field," said the talented runner.

Last season Gardner used his speed, balance and physical running style to account for 1,100 yards on 124 carries last year. Raines head coach Deran Wiley said that his running back was timed in the forty this past spring and 4.51 and 4.52 respectively.

Look for more updates on Alex Gardner as the summer camp season continues.

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