Commit Capsule: Justin Gardner
Hometown: Snellville, Georgia
Oregon State really likes the long, lean corners to play against the PAC 12 wide receivers. Long wingspans and quickness to keep up with the speed in the league which is why they loved what they saw at the Minority Coaches Association Camp of Georgia, in cornerback Justin Gardner. Coach Andersen made the trip to the Peach State and saw Gardner in person and the staff was quick to offer. He also held an offer from Fresno State before shutting things down and committing to the Beavers.
BeaverBlitz checks in with Southeastern Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons for his take on Gardner.
Gardner is a long cornerback with great length and catch radius. He has good ball skills and he will fight wide receivers for the ball. He can transition and run with receivers well and his length really helps with recovery. He has to improve his footwork and back pedal. Another area for improvement is strength and body mass. He is very lean and that hurts him against the bigger, more physical wideouts as well as playing in run support. He really has room to improve his body and his technique, and he could really surprise some in the coming years with his performance.