That was Jan. 26.
Now more than two weeks later, the 2010 prospect continues to add new offers, but OSU is not among them.
"It's been cool," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "Ohio State didn't offer, but Baylor offered. I'm not stressed out about it too much because I'm focused on playing basketball."
On the morning of Feb. 12, Gardner then added an SEC offer when LSU jumped into the picture. The Tigers are now in the same boat as schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin, all of whom have officially offered the 6-4, 196-pound Gardner.
Each new scholarship offer is an exciting experience, he said.
"It's really exciting because I started out as a freshman on varsity with a lot of older kids," he said. "Every year I watched while those guys got offers and I was still on varsity, but now I'm getting some."
Gardner said he would like to land offers from Florida, Penn State and Oregon, among others. He is not married to any particular offense, he said, because he and his coaching staff have been working to improve his overall game.
"I'm looking for a school to have an offense that I can thrive in and a good academic program and somewhere I feel comfortable," he said.
Academically, Gardner said he plans on majoring in business management because he's always wanted to be his own boss. As a small forward, Gardner has led his team from Inkster, Mich., to a 14-1 record on the hardwood this season.
Once his basketball season is over, Gardner said he will start trying to narrow his list of schools.
"I'm going to probably start narrowing down my list when the summer comes," he said. "Right now I don't want to get too much into it because I don't want to get distracted from my basketball season. When the summer comes I'll start narrowing it down more and then go from there."
The question concerning OSU is whether or not they will be in the picture at that point. Although Gardner said he feels a Buckeye scholarship will eventually come his way, he also said the coaches have told him they plan on bringing in just one quarterback for their class of 2010.
OSU has offered Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian signal-caller Nick Montana, and he is planning to take an unofficial visit to campus during the Feb. 14 weekend.
Since his own unofficial visit to Columbus, Gardner said he has had infrequent contact with the OSU coaching staff.
"I spoke with them a little," he said. "I spoke with (head) coach (Jim) Tressel once and (linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell once since then. They tell me how they like my tape and they like the way I play. They always ask about my family. That's always a plus."
Scout.com ranks Gardner as a four-star athlete, the No. 5 quarterback in his class and the No. 38 prospect overall in the country.