2015 Florida wide receiver David Gardner picked up an offer from Maryland last Friday. The Terrapins have made a big push for a number of wideouts recently, but Gardner is already high on Maryland.
“(Coach Keenan) McCardell started recruiting me in January. He told me he likes what he sees but wants to see more.”
After attending a number of camps, including the Nike and Rivals camp, Gardner finally picked up the offer from the Terps, which he was very happy about.
At 6’2”, Gardner is a tall recruit with very good hands and strength. A lot of his routes are streaks down the sideline, consistently burning his defenders. As a big red-zone target, he has the ability to become Maryland’s next Deon Long. What stands out most is his downfield blocking, which is something that a lot of receivers struggle with. Gardner certainly has a lot of potential. If he gets faster, this guy can make a big impact at the school of his choice.
Gardner says he believes his ability “fits the style of play, and Maryland is a great school so I can see myself there.” Gardner has offers from Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and UAB as well, but says that his dad handles his recruitment and talks to coaches. He did say that “around 50 schools are coming to see [him] during the evaluation period.”
As of right now, he’s keeping all his options open and will take visits to all schools that are recruiting him. Distance is not a factor for him, which is certainly good news for Maryland. Howrever, McCardell has seemed to make a big impact on him already.
“Keenan McCardell is a hometown guy, a great coach, person, family-first guy, and I can say he is one of the best guys to recruit me during this process.”
In terms of commitments, Garnder said he wants to commit “before the season, maybe sometime in summer or August.” He joins the list of Maryland targets that will make decisions over summer, but his recruitment will heat up in the near future.