Attention Growing for Gardiner

One cornerback prospect that is getting a lot of attention from the collegiate ranks is Port Arthur (TX) Memorial athlete Desmond Gardiner. Of course, Hurricane Ike has been getting much of the attention along the upper Texas coast lately, and that has put the 2008 season on-hold for many Texas high schools, including Gardiner and his teammates.

"Even though the storm hit Houston, we got a lot of wind and rain and we lost power," Gardiner said. "That surprised us, but we came out pretty good. We didn't have any major damage."

However, Ike did wreak havoc on the football season. The Titans are 1-1 on the season and have already lost two games on the schedule. The team is expected to play this weekend when they travel north of Houston to face The Woodlands.

Before the storm, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect was making an impact on the field simply by his presence and reputation as one of the best cover corners in the region. Opponents won't challenge him.

"I started out pretty good, but I'm not seeing a lot of action come my way," Gardiner said. "Teams aren't trying to throw on me. They go to the other side of the field."

While opposing quarterbacks are trying to avoid the Golden Triangle product, college coaches are trying to contact the talented defensive back who is originally from Virginia. In fact, Gardiner holds over 10 written scholarship offers and a few of the notable schools mentioned were Arizona State, Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, and TCU.

"I missed some calls during the hurricane, but I'm hearing from all of these schools every week," Gardiner said. "I'm hearing from the Texas A&M coaches a lot, especially Van Malone. He told me that Coach Sherman will probably call me next week."

Although many quality D-1 programs are knocking on his door, Gardiner insists that he wants to focus on his season and he'll deal with the recruiting process in due time afterward. He claims no leaders at this time and he has no unofficial or official visits set up at the moment. However, Gardiner did provide some insight into his decision process.

"Academics are very important. I want to study engineering. Going to a winning team and also early playing time will be factors in my decision," Gardiner said. "The most important factors are academics and early playing time."

Gardiner is originally from Virginia and moved to Texas a couple of years ago. He said that location won't play a major factor in his college decision even though most of his offers are from Big 12 and Texas schools.

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