Get To Know Ohio State Signee Ellijah Gardiner

With a total of 21 new players set to join the program for 2017, we'll be posting a quick breakdown on a player a day so you can learn more about the new Buckeyes. Next up, wide receiver Ellijah Gardiner.

ACCOLADES: Gardiner led Kemp High School to back-to-back appearances in the Texas 3A state playoffs playing multiple positions including wide receiver, quarterback, running back and cornerback. He was named an all-district 3A player as a senior.

GARDINER SAYS: “I am long and lanky, and I can outrun people down the field. Ohio State obviously is the best football team there is really in college football. The academics are outstanding. It is a good college and I love it up here.”

EXPERT’S TAKE: “Gardiner has a large frame and looks like he will definitely become even bigger by the time he hits the field in college, but he is very athletic and can cause matchup problems for defenders. He uses his body well to shield would-be defenders away from the ball. He is a great weapon in the red-zone with his size and leaping ability. He is not a fast-twitch athlete, but he is an excellent possession receiver and a guy who you can depend on as a blocker. He started to really come into his own throughout the course of his senior year, and that is what got him on the radar of some top college programs.” – Greg Powers

PERSONAL: The son of Brandy Odell and Loyce Myers, Gardiner excelled in track and field as well as football, as he was a 3A state qualifier in the triple jump. He flipped to Ohio State after previously committing to Missouri.

2017 OUTLOOK: Gardiner was a late addition to Ohio State's class, and he was a bit of a late bloomer as a high school player. He has the size and athletic ability to play for the Buckeyes, but it's likely that he'll need time to develop, meaning a redshirt year is probably in the cards.

COMMIT DATE: Jan. 30, 2017

This bio was originally published in Buckeye Sports Bulletin, the newspaper “For The Buckeye Fan Who Needs To Know More." For four free trial issues of Buckeye Sports Bulletin with no obligation, click here.

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