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Gardner's A Razorback
Dudley E. Dawson
Posted Dec 15, 2011
In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how Arkansas has landed Rocklin (CA) Sierra College wideout Courtney Gardner (6-3, 215, 4.4) as its 21st commit of the 2012 class and what five players the Razorbacks are hosting on official visits this weekend. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.
Already in the mix for the nation’s top high school receiver in
has just landed one of the best one in the junior college ranks as well.
Rocklin (CA) Sierra College wideout
(6-3, 215, 4.4) publicly confirmed Thursday a decision he made the day before – he’ll be a Razorback.
Gardner chose Arkansas over
and several other schools wanting to land the big-time playmaker.
“I sit down with the Arkansas coaches and we went over everything and it was just great,” Gardner said. “We went over all my likes and – I’ll be honest – there were no dislikes. I know that Arkansas is the place that I need to be.”
Gardner caught 61 passes for over 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for Sierra.
“I feel like I can come in and make big plays right away and team with the other guys to keep the offense going strong,” Gardner said. “I love what Arkansas does with their offense and I know they will develop me just like those three that are about to go to the NFL.”
He visited Arkansas officially on Dec. 9-11 and then eliminated Pitt on Wednesday when Panthers head coach Todd Graham left for
“Everything about the Arkansas campus and the football program and the school was just amazing to me and I just really enjoyed being around the players and the coaches,” Gardner said. “It is truly a place that I believe I can be comfortable on and off the field."
Gardner said that he will still visit Florida State on Jan. 13-15 on the advice of his coach.
Gardner joins an Arkansas wide receiver commitment list that also includes Arkansas' Jalen Cobb (6-1, 180), Oklahoma’s
(6-2, 205), Mississippi’s D’Arthur Cowan (6-3, 180), and the Texas duo of
(6-1, 185) and
They also would love to add Chandler (AZ) High’s
(6-5, 180) and Green-Beckham (6-6, 230) – regarded as the nation’s best prep wide receiver.
“Arkansas has three guys going to the NFL this season, but I don’t think the Razorbacks are going to miss a beat,” Gardner said. “The best thing is that they said I can have the number six. That’s my number and it’s available.”
Arkansas is hosting five official visitors this weekend including four players that are committed elsewhere.
Those five are the Eastern Arizona cornerback
(6-2, 200), the Arizona Western duo of middle linebacker
(6-2, 235) and running back
(6-1, 207) and tight ends
(6-6, 240) of North Royalton (OH) St. Edwards and
(6-7, 248) of Renton (WA) Kentridge.
Seisay has visited
and just finished up a trip to
Martin is committed to
, Williams – a first-team Junior College All-American - to Arizona State, Grant to
and Smith to
Dec 11, 2011
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