Gardner will battle for playing time in the two-deep next season, since four starters are returning for Ohio State. A redshirt year might also prove to be beneficial.
BREAKDOWN: Will likely be an interior guy in college despite playing tackle in high school. Has dropped weight and as a senior, moved very well. He's an athletic kid who is light on his feet. Very naturally strong and has a good punch. Will need to continue to work in the strength and conditioning department, and refine his technique, but has the tools to be a good one at guard at the next level. - Allen Trieu
Tim's changed his body and became a leader. He's very athletic, he's a kid who is totally flexible that can move and run and he's very gifted athletically. He's changed his eating habits and done what we all need to do by becoming a better eater. His weight was about 345-pounds and is now down to 312-pounds. He feels better; he looks better and is more confident. He can last all game as where before he may not go every play, but now he can run every play. - head coach Jayson West
West On Gardner Choosing Ohio State: "Tim has always wanted to be a Buckeye, so him committing isn't all that shocking," Jason West, Gardner's head coach, told FoxSportsNext. "They liked him at their camp in June, but they wanted to see him get to a weight goal before they would take him. Tim went back, just as they asked him to do, and he did very well. He got his offer today (Saturday), and he took it immediately."
"He is very excited to have this taken care of, because we always felt he would take this if it came about," West added. "That's exactly where Tim wants to be, so as a coach I'm very happy for him this all worked out as it did."