Tim Gardner was one of the most talented players in the 2013 class. He committed to Ohio State out of high school, but off the field incidents led him to Milford Academy. The former three star offensive lineman is now looking at five schools.
"I've got offers from Syracuse and Rutgers recently," Gardner said. "My top three schools are Miami University, USC and Ohio State. Rutgers and Syracuse offered me like three weeks ago. I just got my Miami offer and I'm waiting on USC."
Gardner says he plans on visiting each of the five schools involved with his recruitment at this time.
"Syracuse is one of the schools I'm willing to give a look at right now," Gardner said. "So is Rutgers. I've talked about a visit to both schools. I plan to be on campus sometime. After my last game, I plan to go to Miami first. Then the University of Southern California after that. Syracuse would be next.
"I do plan on getting out to a visit to Rutgers too. I'd say like November-ish. I want to get all this stuff done so my family can know where I'm going."
Miami is a school that has been on Gardner's mind since he arrived at Milford. He likes the history at the school and believes they are a program on the rise. The most attractive thing about them, however, is his position coach.
"I like their o-line coach (Art Kehoe)," Gardner said about the Hurricanes. "I like the way he coaches and he gets many people to the league (NFL). From what I know, he knows his stuff. I talk to him a lot and he likes he my style of play and what I bring to the table."
The Trojans are another school that Gardner has liked for a long time.
"USC has a new head coach," Gardner said. "They have some of the same coaches but they've been on my list since I graduated high school. I really like them."
With Ohio State, there is familiarity with the program. The coaching staff has done a great job of staying in touch.
"They're my teammates," Gardner said of the Buckeyes. "When I committed out of high school, I thought I could make a big difference in their program and I still think that. I'm just keeping my options open right now. They've kept in tough with me."
The other two programs who have offered are not as familiar, but he is hoping to get to know them during his visits within the next month or so.
"With Rutgers and Syracuse, I don't know as much about them," Gardner said. "It's just about whether I feel at home at that school. I'm going to take a visit and feel them out. I have a good relationship with those coaches so far."
Gardner added that he is looking to decide quickly as he plans to enroll in whichever school he chooses in January.