Top JUCO wideout talks recruiting

One of the top JUCO wideouts in the country this year has been Sierra WR Courtney Gardner (6-3,215). The talented receiver has been getting heavy interest from schools since the end of his freshman season and now that he's finished his sophomore campaign he's ready to turn his attention in that direction and he spoke with about all things recruiting...

Gardner was a standout prep in Nevada and moved on to a prep school back east as he tried to get qualified so he could sign a D-1 scholarship. However, he was unable to do that, so he began looking around at JC programs and settled on Sierra in Northern California.

"I had a friend who came here and he told me how great it was for him," Gardner told "We didn't have a very good record while I was here and we lost a lot, but honestly it helped me learn how to bond with my teammates and it really brought us together.

"It's been a great experience for me here and I'm glad I made the decision I made."

As a freshman in 2010, Gardner used his outstanding size and legit 4.4 speed, to post over 50 receptions for nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns and this past season he hauled in 61 receptions for over 1,100 yards and 14 scoires.

"I worked really hard this year on my concnetration and making the tough catches," Gardner said. "I just wanted to be stronger in my routes and be more consistent and I felt like I did that.

"I can run over you or run away from you. I feel I can beat anyone and that confidence is what my game is all about."

On the recruiting front, Gardner claims double-digit offers, including the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh, California, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Eastern Michigan, Utah, Texas Tech, Washington and Washington State.

"Arkansas is the school I'm most interested in right now," Gardner said. "They have been recruiting me really hard and I'm heading out there on December 16th for an official visit.

"I'm going to Pitt on the 9th (of December) and then I'd like to visit Auburn and then decide on my last two visits."

Gardner is on pace to graduate in June of 2012 and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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