On June 22, Gardiner visited MSU and participated in their senior day camp. "I had been there before and had always liked the campus and coaches," he said.
But on this trip, Gardiner got another look at the Spartan coaches: "It was good to finally see them have to coach. And I thought the camp was real good," he said.
Gardiner has spoken with many programs and teams are recruiting him heavily, but Michigan State has not yet made an offer. The six-foot-one 205 pound Gardiner, who has clocked 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds, is being recruited primarily as an outside linebacker. His speed and size make him a better fit for the edge than in the middle.
Does he have a deadline for making a commitment?
"Not really. I'm not really concerned right now with making an early decision. I do hopefully want to make it before the season," Gardiner said. "But I'm not in a rush."
When he's not thinking about which division one campus he'll walk around in 2008, Gardiner's focus is on the upcoming season at Dublin Coffman high school.
"We'll have a real strong season. We've got a lot of talent coming back, especially our seniors," said Gardiner. "I think it will be a disappointing season if we don't make it to the final four."