Gardiner Focused on Season

Is there a chance the Aggies could reel in another cornerback in this year's class? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Memorial corner Desmond Gardiner about his season, his favorite schools, and his recruitment process.

One of the top-rated cornerbacks in Texas who remains uncommitted is Port Arthur Memorial's Desmond Gardiner. While the Titans are struggling this season with a 1-5 record, the senior defensive back continues to work hard and is doing what he can to help the defense.

"It's been a tough year, but all you can do is prepare the best you can and play as hard as you can," Gardiner said. "We have Channelview this week and I'm doing my best to be ready and win Friday. They like to run the ball and I'll need to be in the blocks and come up to help in run support."

It's that preparation and the mental aspects of the game combined with his athletic ability that Gardiner feels sets him apart from other players at the high school level.

"I think I've improved this season," Gardiner said. "I'm playing more physical and smarter. I'm much better at play recognition and I'm more aware of the situation on the field like down and distance and how I need to approach each play."

In fact, the Port Arthur product is so consumed with his senior season , he's put recruiting on the backburner for now.

"Nothing has really changed with recruiting in the past few weeks," Gardiner said. "I haven't talked to many coaches lately. I'm just too busy right now. When I finally turn on my phone at the end of the day, I see they've called, but I haven't talked to them recently."

Gardiner indicated that he has over 15 offers, but did not want to elaborate on a list of schools leading for his services. He wants to wait until the season is over and then focus on the recruiting process.

"I really don't have any top schools," Gardiner said. "I'm not going to do anything until my season is over. I plan to take a few visits in December and then make my decision."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback did take an official visit to Arizona earlier and he has visited a game in College Station to watch the Aggies. When asked about Texas A&M, Gardiner did indicate the Aggies are on his list and he's following their season.

"They aren't doing too good right now," Gardiner said. "It doesn't affect my thoughts on them. It's a pretty good school and they will bounce back. They will be on my list I think."

When the time comes to make a decision, expect the Scout.com three-star cornerback to look heavily at each school's academics and at the depth charts.

"My most important factor in choosing a school will be academics and their construction engineering program," Gardiner said. "After that, I'm looking at the rosters. I want to go somewhere that gives me a good shot at earning early playing time."

After battling Channelview this weekend, the Titans close out the 2008 season at home against the Baytown Lee Ganders.




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