Indiana got its second commitment in two days from Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., this one from offensive lineman Tim Gardner. The four-star former Lawrence Central player had offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple and also was getting attention from Arizona and Arkansas.
“If he keeps his clean and works hard and plays three years as a starter there,” Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick said, “he’ll be an NFL guy.”
Gardner stands 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds. This season, Chaplick said he was low on offensive tackles, so he played Gardner outside, but he believes his future is as an interior lineman — guard or center.
“He’s a top 10 offensive lineman,” Chaplick said. “He’s got great technique, he’s got a great will to blow the defensive lineman 5-6 yards back and knock him down. … Run blocking is his specialty. He’s going to have someone lined up over his head all the time, and nine out of 10 times, he’s going to win that one-on-one battle.”