Lackawanna's Gardner talks recruiting

A run-stuffing defensive tackle is a huge bonus for any defense to have and Lackawanna DT/NT Peter Gardner (6-4, 315) is one of the more physically imposing players in the JC ranks this year. caught up with the athletically gifted interior defensive lineman and he updated us on recruiting and what he's focused on this summer.

After a standout career in the Connecticut prep ranks, Gardner knew he wasn't going to qualify to play D-1 ball so he decided to head to Lackawanna because of location and their reputation.

"I knew about Lackawanna because they were a winning program," Gardner told recently. "They had just come off of a bowl win and they had something like 15 guys sign D-1 and D-1AA so I knew they could get me moved on."

As a run-stuffing defensive tackle for the Falcons in 2007, Gardner managed to post 47 tackles and five sacks.

"Played three and one tech, so I can play both, but I prefer the three," Gardner said. "I'm more of a run-stuffer, but I can rush the quarterback and I'm quick off the snap."

On thing Gardner is working on this summer is his footwork and technique.

"With better footwork and technique that will make me that much more effective," Gardner said. "I can get in better position to make plays and if I stay low that will keep people from moving me off the line."

On the recruiting front, Gardner said he's hearing from quite a few schools, but no offers are yet on the table.

"I'm hearing from Rutgers and U-Conn called recently," Gardner said. "Iowa State, Oregon and Oregon State have also been sending me stuff and contacting me."

Gardner has been hard at work in the classroom and because of that dedication he'll be able to sign in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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