One of the South's top running backs is hoping for good news when he returns
from a visit to the doctor's office this week.
Virginia Beach (Va.) standout
Gardner suffered a knee injury in Salem's last game and must wait for
swelling to subside before he knows his immediate football future.
"I go to get an MRI later this week," he said. "I think everything's going to be
OK. I don't feel like it was that bad, but you never can tell."
Gardner (5-11, 185, 4.4)
is a member of the Rivals.com
team and one of the
top-rated running backs
in the nation. As a junior he rushed for 1,100 yards and 23 touchdowns while
hauling in 300 yards receiving and two more scores.
That kind of production has led to scholarship offers from the likes of
Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, UCLA and
Virginia Tech among others. In the last two weeks he's received calls from all
of those schools, as well as Virginia.
"My top three right now is Notre Dame, Tennessee and Oklahoma," he said. "I know
I'm going to visit those three. And I'm still thinking about Ohio State,
Michigan State and Georgia Tech."
Gardner said he is drawn to his three favorites by common factors -- "They're
all great programs with a winning tradition, they've got good coaches and good
offenses for running backs, and they have a lot of players in the NFL."