July 13, 2010

Gardener still searching

The weather in Colorado may present a challenge to Colorado State's ability to recruit 6-foot, 190-pound receiver Quentin Gardener. The Denton (Tex.) native runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and caught 43 passes for 618 yards and five scores for Guyer High and the Rams hope that he will bring that production to Fort Collins.

"I like them," Gardener said of Colorado State. "It is just I don't really do too good in the cold. I haven't made my decision yet and they are one of my picks. I'll sit down and listen to them."

The Denton wideout holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wake Forest and New Mexico. Gardener said he was at a Texas A&M camp in June and believes the Aggies will come through with an offer soon. Gardener's teammate, Josh Stewart has already committed to A&M.

"I am physical receiver and I have speed and good hands," Gardener said. "I like the spread because they air the ball out a lot and that is an opportunity for me to go pro. I like to be physical. I can go out and block, so I don't mind playing in a pro-style offense either."

Gardener said he is looking for a school that is "closer to home, but then again not too close." He said he grew up watching college football in Texas, but thus far does not hold an offer for any in-state schools. Gardener, who averages 12 points per game on the hardwood, did name three favorites.

"Right now I would say Minnesota, Iowa and Wake Forest," Gardener said. "Iowa is a very good school and won the Orange Bowl last year, which is a big plus. Minnesota because they pass the ball and they do it all. They had a receiver drafted by the NFL."

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