Coach: Gardener Would Be Good Fit at Iowa

Hawkeye Insider recently caught up with Guyer High Offensive Coordinator Mitch Stovall. He has a WR named Quentin Gardener who holds an Iowa offer. The coach feels his '11 product would fit nicely into the Hawkeye system. Find out about Gardener's recruitment and where the Hawkeyes stand with this physical receiver in this update.

With two receivers verbally committed in the Class of 2011, Iowa might take one or two more players at the position this year. Guyer High Offensive Coordinator Mitch Stovall believes he has the perfect fit for one of the remaining spots.

Quentin Gardener enters his senior season this fall as a pretty developed prep wide out. Guyer of Denton, Texas employs him as a player maker who also can help others make plays with his advanced blocking skills.

"What Iowa runs isn't too far off from what we do," Stovall said. "I think it would be like home for him there. His adjustment period would be minimal."

Guyer's Class of ‘11 is pretty loaded with talent. Quarterback J.W. Walsh and Defensive End Jimmie Bean are Oklahoma State verbal commits. Cornerback Josh Stewart is pledged to Texas A&M.

"Q is getting a lot of attention," Stovall said. "We got quite a few folks coming through here right now. He's definitely the hottest commodity we have remaining."

Gardener (6-foot-1½, 190 pounds) holds offers from Iowa, Minnesota and Wake Forest.

"Whenever anybody sees him, they comment on how physical he plays the wide receiver position," Stovall said. "We put him out on the edge and he's just a great blocker. We try to utilize him every way we can out there."

Stovall said during a recent weight training exercise at the school that Gardener lifted 315 pounds in the power clean, over 400 in the squat and more than 300 on the bench.

"Not that he couldn't play anywhere, but I think he's a Big Ten type kid," Stovall said. "He's physical and a lot of those programs are run-oriented with play action. He fits that style well.

"He's real strong at running curls, which they do a lot of in that league. Iowa has gotten a lot of exposure down here and he would be a good fit there."

Iowa receivers coach Erik Campbell visited Guyer recently, Stovall said.

"He's one of the regulars in our field house and at other schools around here," Stovall said. "If you're a recruiter, you'd better make your way through this North Dallas area. He's one of those guys I don't mind seeing and sitting down with. He's personable and easy to talk to and that's not always the case when some of the coaches come through here."

Stovall says that Gardener consistently runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range.

"He runs well," the coach said. "He runs in the 4.5s and plays at every bit of that. We run a lot of rocket screens for him and he's shifty enough to move around linebackers and safeties."


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