Change coming for Gartner

Dillon Gartner is one of the top players in the state of Nebraska in 2013. The 6-foot-4 and 280-pound Gartner is a standout offensive lineman who also made a name for himself playing a little defense as a junior too at Gothenburg (Nebr.). Gartner will have to make a name for himself at a new high school next year though. Where is Gartner headed?

One of the top senior-to-be recruits in the state of Nebraska will not be in Lincoln for Junior Day. Dillon Gartner already committed to another junior day that very weekend and there are some ties for The Gartner Family and the coach at this other school.

"I won't be going to junior day (at Nebraska), Gartner said. "We are going to Tulsa that weekend. They were the first school to ask us and my dad knows Coach Scott Downing at Tulsa. My dad played for the freshman team at Nebraska and Coach Downing was their coach.

"I was going to go to Oklahoma State before that, but they said that they would really like to see me at camp again this summer if I was looking for an offer. We have already seen Oklahoma State and Stillwater. We spoke to the coaches there and they understand about us waiting."

Gartner has gotten other junior day invites including one from a Big Ten team in the same division as Nebraska. Gartner is also talking about getting over to see the schools in Iowa and his some other surrounding schools.

"Michigan invited me to their junior day, but I think that we are just going to go to camp up there. I will probably try to hit Iowa, Iowa State, South Dakota State and Kansas State. We are going to try and stop there at Kansas State on our way home from Tulsa."

Gartner was at Nebraska last year for camp, but he says that he will at least hit Nebraska for a one day camp probably as part of a longer summer tour. He said that they are talking about hitting Lincoln as they head east to see some other schools. There is another school that wants him to camp and there is talk about an offer.

"We could try and hit a day camp at Nebraska on our way over to Iowa. There just won't be a lot of time to stay in one place without having to head onto the next place. We are going to try and hit a lot this summer.

"I am trying to get down to Miami too. They said to me that if I showed up and had a good camp and if I would commit to them it sounds like there might be an offer for me at Miami."

Gartner is looking for exposure and another way he feels he can achieve that is by heading to the National Underclassmen Combine in April. He will be able to do a combination of things from working out to interviews that will all be taped out put out on the Internet. There is a cost though with the timeframe for Gartner.

"We are headed to Springfield, Ill. this April for the NUC. I think that is April 28th. I am going to skip my prom to go to this. They do drills and interviews and it will really get my name out there and expose me. It's the best thing for me to do with that time."

All of that this summer and Gartner will be competing for the last time for Gothenburg High School this spring in track. His father got a new job and the family will be making a move to his hometown, Giltner (Nebr.).

"I am changing high schools. My dad got a new job in Giltner and I will be moving high schools next year to Giltner High School. To help out with the transition, I am going to complete my junior year here.

"I am happy that I get a chance to stay here through track because I want to compete for the title in Class B in shot and discus and not move down in classification. I should be rated #3 in shot and in the top three in discus."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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