"I'm going to Junior Day there," Gardner said. "I like the football program there, and the academics, and how people from there are successful because of the programs they offer."
He believes he is close to getting an offer from the Irish but it may take a little more time.
"They say I'm very close to it," he said. "They like me but they need to evaluate me a little more before I get it."
Gardner is being recruited as an offensive tackle or offensive guard, but at this time schools aren't getting specific about his spot.
"It's kind of varying," he said. "I don't have a preference. It doesn't matter to me."
Gardner was a staple on the offensive line for a Lawrence Central team that went 9-2, including an undefeated season (7-0) in league play.
At this point, much of Gardner's contact with the Irish coaching staff is via email and letters, but he is looking forward to spending time with the staff during junior day.
"I want to see the coaches there and the program they have, and what I have to do to (get an offer)," he said. "I'll be looking at academics and things like that."