“On the way home, I found out about the offer,” said the Jager Gardner. “I contacted (running backs) coach (Jay) Graham after I left, and he told me about the offer. It’s kind of surreal right now, but It feels great. It shows hard work hard work is pays off.”
He enjoyed the camp.
”It was a good camp,” said the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Gardner. “There were a lot of good players showing their talent. I felt like I did really well. I just feel very blessed that I was able to go down there and participate.
“My favorite parts of the camp were meeting new people from different backgrounds and seeing kid’s athletic abilities.”
Gardner has a good relationship with Graham, who is recruiting him for the Noles.
”We have like a father-son type of relationship,” he said. “He’s always straight up with me and tells me everything I need to know and he doesn’t beat around the bush.”
The Seminoles join Virginia and Akron as the schools that have offered the Owen standout. He is also attracting significant interest from Auburn, East Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Before the end of the summer, Gardner mentioned Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia as possible visits.
Where is he in the recruiting process?
“I’m not ready to name any favorites, but whenever I get comfortable, I’ll know and that’s when I’ll decide," Gardner said.
Last season, Gardner rushed for 2,586 yards and 31 touchdowns.