Will Gardner, a 6-5, 190-pound quarterback from Douglass (GA) Coffee County, has drawn solid reviews from scouts in the south for his mobility in the pocket and accuracy. Several SEC programs have him on their radar screens, but a Big East school has stepped up with Garnder's first BCS offer.
, a 6-5, 190-pound quarterback from Douglass (GA) Coffee County, has drawn solid reviews from scouts in the south for his mobility in the pocket and accuracy. Several SEC programs have him on their radar screens, but a Big East school has stepped up with Garnder's first BCS offer.
After watching his highlight film recently, Louisville called Gardner and verbally extended a scholarship offer. Gardner now holds offers from Louisville and Coastal Carolina. Since the Cardinals offered, Gardner has maintained contact with assistant Ron Dugans.
Will Gardner is hoping to land a few more offers this summer.
"They've been going good," Gardner said of his on-going talks with Charlie Strong's coaching staff. "I talk to [Dugans] maybe once per week. He talks about how the program has really improved since Coach Strong came there.
"They like how I move in the pocket and throw the ball. He [Dugans] told me he was going to be down here at the end of spring to watch me throw. Our spring game is May 15."
Gardner plans to visit Louisville this spring or summer. He doesn't have a date scheduled at this point.
"It was surprising [to get an offer] because I had never spoken with anyone from Louisville until they offered," Gardner said. "I'm interested. I just want to wait. I'd like to play in the SEC really bad. If it came down to it Louisville is nice."
Gardner attended several SEC camps last summer prior to his junior campaign. Several SEC schools are showing interest this spring, but want to evaluate him further before extending a scholarship offer.
"I'm hearing from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Auburn," Gardner said. "Alabama and Florida are coming down this spring and they're talking about offers."
As he awaits more offers, Gardner plans to work hard this spring to improve his stock.
"I'm working on my speed, arm strength and accuracy," Gardner said. "I'm basically working on everything I can to get better."