Gardiner Likes A&M's Style

Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the newest Aggie commit about what made him choose Texas A&M as well as what his plans are for the rest of his senior season.

Texas A&M continues to add to its large Class of 2009 with the public verbal pledge of Port Arthur Memorial defensive back Desmond Gardiner. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect had privately told the A&M coaches back in July he wanted to play for the Aggies, but he wanted to wait until after the season to make sure he felt the same way.

"I was pretty sure I wanted to go to A&M and told the coaches that in July, but it was early and I wasn't sure if I wanted to take other visits so I didn't want to say anything," Gardiner said. "I didn't want to make a big deal about it and then change my mind. It would look bad."

But with the Titans' season over, Gardiner still felt strongly about playing for Coach Shernan and the Aggies so he firmed up his commitment and has made it public.

"I was talking to Coach McMillian and he asked me if I was ready to make this a 100% commitment and end the process," Gardiner said. "It felt right so I told him I was ready."

Gardiner's main reason for selecting Texas A&M was the style that the defensive back coaches want to play when they get all the pieces in place.

"I like aggressive, man-to-man, get-in-your-face coverage and forcing the action," Gardiner said. "Coach McMillian, Coach Malone, and Coach Turner told me that they want somebody with good bump-and-run skills and somebody who can make a play on the ball. That fits my game."

Gardiner also received some good advice from a Port Arthur Memorial alum and current Texas A&M senior cornerback Danny Gorrer.

"Danny had great things to say about the school and the football program," Gardiner said. "He said the coaches are 100% behind you and give you the opportunity to succeed. Whatever happens, they want what's best for their players."

With Gardiner's football season now complete, he'll take his talents to the track as he runs the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and he may run both the 100 and 200 individual as well.

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