Dublin (Ohio) Coffman linebacker Steve Gardiner made official visits to Michigan State, Pitt, West Virginia, Northwestern and Ohio State. He had scholarship offers from the first four and a “grayshirt” scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. After considering everything, Gardiner called the Spartans Thursday night and committed to Michigan State.
After considering everything, Gardiner called the Spartans tonight and committed to Michigan State.
“I committed to Michigan State earlier tonight,” Gardiner said. “There were a lot of reasons. I feel really comfortable with the coaches and the players, especially the coaches.
“And I really thought the campus was beautiful. I can get a good education there which is very important to me. I just felt it was all a good fit.”
The 6-foot-1 and 210-pound Gardiner had a super senior season for the Shamrcocks. He made 170 plus tackles including 18 in the state semi-final game against eventual state champ Cincinnati St. Xavier. Behind the play of Buckeye commitments Mike Adams and Jake Stoneburner, as well as a number of other very talented seniors including Gardiner, Coffman ran off 12 straight victories before the loss to St. Xavier.
Gardiner's dilemna was whether to accept an immediate scholarship offer from Michigan State, West Virginia, Pitt or Northwestern, or delay his enrolment at Ohio State until January of 2009 and go on scholarship with the Buckeyes at that point.
Asked if it was hard turning down the Buckeyes' “grayshirt” offer, Gardiner said, “It was hard, living in Columbus and all. But what really appealed to me was the fact that I have a chance to play as a freshman. Maybe I won't, but that chance is there.”
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