June 30, 2010

Gardener gets a shot to impress

Denton Guyer receiver Quentin Gardener currently has six offers. His offers are from Colorado State, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, New Mexico and Wake Forest.

Gardener's teammate Josh Stewart committed to Texas A&M early last spring and had talked to the A&M coaches about Gardener, who caught 43 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns. As a result, Gardener had secured an invitation to A&M's camp on June 6 with hopes of adding an offer from the Aggies.

Unfortunately for Gardener, Stewart did not make it down to College Station. It originally looked as though Gardener might have another shot at an offer since A&M was having another camp on July 11th, which was the Sunday after the state 7-on-7 tournament concluded on the A&M campus. Guyer qualified for a national 7-on-7 tournament in Oregon, which was right before the Texas tournament. Thus, it appeared that Gardener might be denied another shot to impress the A&M coaches.

However, Guyer plans to be back in Texas by July 9, and that means Stewart and Gardener will have an opportunity to make the A&M camp after all.

Interestingly enough, despite Gardener's production as a receiver, the A&M staff is looking at him as a potential defensive back. The 6-foot, 190-pound Gardener was one of the stars on the offensive side of the ball at the Colleyville Heritage 7-on-7 tournament.

Gardener, who is built more like a running back than a receiver, not only caught everything thrown near him, but he also used his strength to shield defenders and win jump balls. He also displayed speed on a crossing route that he caught over the middle and nearly turned into a 50-yard touchdown.

However, those attributes also play well on the defensive side of the ball, and Gardener actually played a lot of outside corner in the Heritage tournament and played corner as a freshman.

"I talked to coach Nguyen at A&M, and he has been working on me to come down to the camp," said Gardener. "He asked about my bench press and 40 time. He told me that they weren't recruiting a receiver, but he liked me at my spring game and said that they would look at me on both offense and defense."

Gardener wants to go see Minnesota, Wake Forest and Colorado State before the summer is over, but he is trying to keep his options open, and those options could change with an offer from the Aggies.

"I would like to go there," he said. "My best friend is going there. I like their offense. The games are crazy and I like the atmosphere. I might hold off for a while, but I would probably just go to A&M."

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