Gardner Impresses in South Bend

Devin Gardner felt good about his performance at Notre Dame's camp on Monday, and so did somebody else.

Irish head coach Charlie Weis felt the same way.

"He said he will stay in touch, and that he really likes me," Devin Gardner said. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the recruiting class of 2010. "I asked if he got my highlight film, and he said no, but he doesn't need to see it because he just saw me today.

"He said you can send it anyways."

It will be in the mail shortly.

Hailing from the Detroit area in Michigan, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Gardner has already been verbally offered a scholarship by Michigan State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Cincinnati. He is also hearing from Illinois, Florida, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan and several other programs.

Gardner has taken trips to all the schools that have offered him, as well as Michigan and Ohio State. This was his first time on Notre Dame's campus.

"It was really nice," Gardner stated. He is being recruited by Corwin Brown. "It was really put together. Nice facilities. Real nice weight room and everything.

"They're real nice, but all the colleges are really even for me right now. I'm just looking around, trying to get a feel for schools."

Gardner played his first two seasons of high school ball at University of Detroit Jesuit. Last fall he threw for roughly 1,000 yards, and ran for 475 yards. He wasn't sure how many touchdowns he had. This season, Gardner will continue his prep career at Inkster High.

In front of the Irish coaches, Gardner got to throw some routes and toss during one-on-ones.

"One thing that was really good, was their quarterbacks coach (Ron Powlus) told me to drop back to pass, and not to necessarily drop back to scramble, which is good because I scrambled a lot last season."

Weis also made an impression on Gardner.

"I liked his Super Bowl ring," Gardner stated. "It was huge. It was bigger than his whole hand. It's nice.

"He said make sure I return his emails and get the tape out and everything, and keep in contact once a week." Top Stories