" I had a good camp at Ohio State on June 10TH, " Gardiner said. "I think I had my best camp performance there on that day. They told me I did really well right after camp ended. I talked with coach [Luke] Fickell immediately after camp. He told me that they would keep talking with me throughout the summer and then Ohio State would have to wait and see what happens with the other linebackers they've offered. From that conversation I think it still might take a while for them to offer me and I'm fine with that. Coach Fickell and I have talked and sent text messages since camp ended and they check in with me to see how things are going. He hasn't given me a date yet or anything. He let me know that I'm still on their board."
Gardiner, 6' 2" and 210 pounds, has offers from the likes of West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati and Oklahoma State. He said he is in no hurry to make a decision and has not set a time frame for making one.
"It's more important to me to make the right decision," Gardiner noted. "It would be nice to have it over with but I'm not in a hurry to make my choice. I haven't gotten any pressure from any coaches yet. I've still got a few schools recruiting me that haven't offered and I want to see what happens with them."
"I was at Michigan State's camp a week ago and we haven't really talked since then," Gardiner explained. "When I left they said they were still evaluating other players and they would get back with me. I had a good workout there and I feel good about where I stand with them. I like their program a lot. I talked with coach [Mark] Dantonio and things are good with him.'
"Nebraska is recruiting me also," he said. "They are telling me I'm on their board as a fullback and a linebacker. They have been texting me and said they have me at the top of their list and they hope I'm still considering them. I'm going to try to get out there for a visit. I'm expecting an offer from them soon."
Gardiner also spoke about his interest in the schools that have offered him a scholarship. He holds a 3.5 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.
"It's hard to have a favorite at this time because I really don't know a lot about each school," Gardiner explained. "Our practices start in late July so I don't have any more camps to go. Before practice starts I want to get to Pitt, West Virginia and Northwestern. I really like those 3 schools a lot. I don't have any particular favorite of those 3. I do talk with my teammate Zack Stoudt about the two of us going to Pitt but it's still really early."
Scout.com ranks Steve Gardiner as the #18 prospect in Ohio. We will continue to track Gardiner's progress throughout the season and monitor his recruitment.