"I'm not ready to really pick a school, yet," Gardner said. "I will tell you that I like Michigan State and Louisville the best right now. They are both really good teams and they have a really established coaching staff. They've been showing me the most interest to date and they really act like they want me, a lot more than the others."
Last season, as a junior, Gardner caught 25 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Many expected the talented Henry Clay high school product to be a near-lock for Kentucky, not only because of location to the university, but because of his long-time ties to the program.
"My grandpa, Harry Denham, played for UK," Gardner said, "I guess everyone thought I'd end up there. I've been going to games for a long time and watching Wildcat football for years. I've grew up around it and I know all about it."
But the Wildcats losing ways of late might have them behind in the race to land the in-state product, ranked No. 9 in the state of Kentucky by Scout.com
"I want to play for a school that has a good program and is going to win a lot of games while I'm there," Gardner said. "Education is important to me, but it's also important to me how the team is – how hard they work, the coaching staff and whether they win or not."