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Top 2010 QB gets Big Ten offer

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Detroit Inkster dual-threat quarterback Devin Gardner is well on his way to becoming one of the nation's top junior prospects.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder impressed this spring at the NIKE Training Camp and then he was great again this summer at both Michigan and Michigan State's camps.
And it was after the camp in East Lansing that he earned his first Big Ten offer.
"I called and talked to coach Dantonio at Michigan State after I camped up there," Gardner said.
"He said I really fit well into their system and he wanted to offer me a scholarship. He said they didn't want to offer any other quarterbacks in the 2009 class, because they already had Andrew Maxwell and Keith Nichol transferring in. He said I was their guy for 2010.
"I'm going to wait a while, but the offer from Michigan State should definitely make them a favorite. I think I could fit really well into their system, but I know I can fit into almost any system. I can do more than play in the spread offense. I've really been throwing the ball well this summer."
Gardner said he got to show off his passing game at the Michigan camp also.
"I really threw it well there," Gardner said.
"I think they liked what they saw. They said they would be talking to me more in the future. Florida wanted me to come down to their camp, but I don't think I'm going to get to go all the way down there. I might go down to Notre Dame this weekend, though."
Gardner already also has a scholarship offer from Bowling Green. Other schools like Cincinnati, Ohio State, Purdue and USC have showed early interest in him.
Gardner played in the last five games of his sophomore season and passed for around 1,000 yards while accounting for 475 on the ground and a total of nine touchdowns.
He should be one of the region's top junior prospects in 2010 and should be one of the nation's best at the dual-threat spot.
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