Gardner perfect fit for L'ville's system

New Louisville commitment Will Gardner, the No. 2-ranked QB in Georgia, has the skills to excel in the Cardinals spread offense.

Louisville's new quarterback commit, 6-5, 201-pound Douglas, Ga., standout Will Gardner, is a multi-talented prospect who should excel in the Cardinals spread offense, according to Southeast Recruiting Manager Chad Simmons. Simmons, the top recruiting analyst in the state of Georgia, likes Gardner's potential, ranking him the No. 2 QB prospect in Georgia behind Greyson Lambert, and No. 10 in the Southeast.

Here's what Simmons had to say about Gardner:

"He's a good, heady player," Simmons said. "He's an intelligent quarterback. People won't recognize how athletic he is because he's tall and runs with long strides. But he's a kid who can definitely get outside the pocket and make plays. He's a very athletic kid.

"He doesn't have the strongest arm. That's been the biggest holdup. It's strong enough, obviously. But that's one area he needs to improve is his arm strength. He needs a little quicker, more composite release, as well. But he throws an accurate ball, and I've seen him throw the ball on the run accurately and inside the pocket. He's a multi-talented kid who can do a lot of things with his arm and his legs and make defensive schemes worry about both of those elements."

Simmons believes Gardner, a three-star prospect ranked No. 33 at his position nationally, is a perfect fit for Louisville's spread offense.

"His abilities fit that scheme [spread offense] perfectly," Simmons said. "It's going to be interesting to see him and [Teddy] Bridgewater compete. They're similar quarterbacks, but Bridgewater has a stronger arm. I think he's [Gardner] a more consistently accurate passer than Bridgewater was in high school. They're very similar and he really fits Louisville's system. I think both sides really win."

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