NCF On The Trail: Tim Gardner

Midyear signings: Indiana adds three

January, 10, 2014
ESPN's Jared Shanker reported in December that tight end Jordan Fuchs (Middle Village, N.Y./Milford Academy), quarterback Alexander Diamont (Los Angeles/Venice) and guard DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind./Iowa Western CC) signed with Indiana.

According to, three more recruits have joined the program:

Delroy Baker OT Ocala, Fla./West Port
HT: 6-6 WT: 259
Positional Rank: #33 OT
Stars: 3

Dominique Booth WR Indianapolis/Pike
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Positional Rank: #32 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#232)

Tim Gardner OT Indianapolis/Milford Academy
HT: 6-4 WT: 310
Positional Rank: N/A Post-Grad
Stars: 3
Jamarco JonesJared Shanker/ESPNESPN 300 lineman Jamarco Jones believes Ohio State's line could be the best in the country.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's no secret Ohio State missed on the offensive line by only grabbing tackles Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) in the 2013 recruiting class.

Gardner won't be part of the program this season after some off-field issues, and the Buckeyes are losing four senior starters after this season.

Urban Meyer has said his offensive line might be the best in the Big Ten this season, but what about the future?

One 2014 pledge's view is just as optimistic, despite the fact the Buckeyes would have only 13 scholarship linemen if next year was now at Ohio State.

This month is very important for Ohio State, as the staff is set to host its senior advanced camp on Sunday. Hundreds of prospects will be in attendance, including several top targets. Here are five storylines to watch this week:

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Three OSU commits each fill 2014 needs 

February, 10, 2013
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer comes into the 2014 recruiting season knowing he wants to shore up an offensive line he missed out on in 2013.


As always, he wants more defensive linemen.


He also wants a speed running back to add to his spread offense.

Check, check and check.

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OL commit could be big for Buckeyes 

January, 17, 2013
With Ohio State’s wide receiver outlook still up in the air for the Class of 2013, coming into town on an official visit Saturday is an offensive tackle who could calm the nerves of those worried about the trenches.

Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) came in last weekend after an official visit to Michigan, but left without a commitment.

Now, it’s Dan Skipper’s turn.

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Mike Mitchell getting to know OSU well 

December, 6, 2012
Ohio State’s -- pardon the pun -- blitz for outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) hits overdrive this weekend, as the 6-foot-4, 216-pound senior finally makes his way to Columbus.

The team has been trying to get Mitchell on campus for months, but his team’s success in the regular season and part of the postseason prevented the ESPN 150 prospect from coming to Columbus. Finally, Ohio State will have Mitchell all to its own on an official visit, as he'll be in town Friday through Sunday.

The Buckeyes have been no stranger to Mitchell, as assistants Tom Herman and Luke Fickell were in Plano last week to check in on the No. 121-ranked player in the country.

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How OSU commits fared this weekend 

September, 17, 2012
Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) was at it again in a 56-14 win over St. Louis Lutheran North.

The versatile Elliott scored on runs of 7, 29, 56 and 62 yards and returned a punt for a score as well. He finished a shortened evening with 224 yards on 11 carries.

J.T. Barrett: Quarterback erased three-point deficit in Rider’s 26-17 win over Amarillo. Barrett was 15-of-27 for 206 yards with touchdown and added 119 yards rushing on 22 carries with score in waning seconds of contest.

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How OSU commits fared in H.S. games 

September, 1, 2012
Don’t rest on Tracy Sprinkle.

After opening the season with 11 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and forcing two fumbles, the defensive tackle was at it again in a 43-7 Elyria win over Elyria Catholic.

Friday, Sprinkle finished with nine tackles, 5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and forced a fumble.

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Ohio State wanted to make a big splash with its most recent commitment in the class of 2013 and the Buckeyes did just that when they landed offensive tackle Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central).

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Gardner was at the Friday Night Lights camp in Columbus on Friday night and told Urban Meyer and his staff that he wanted to be a Buckeye.

“Coach [Kerry] Coombs, who recruits this area for Ohio State, called me this morning and told me Tim committed,” Lawrence Central coach Jayson West confirmed.

Gardner becomes the 16th recruit in the class of 2013. He had offers from Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue and Toledo among others.

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