Will Gardner, a 6-foot-5, 214-pounder quarterback from Coffee High School, committed to Louisville over offers from Alabama, Mississippi State and Southern Miss on Monday. He also had serious interest from Florida and N.C. State, according to his coach.
“Will went and visited all of those places, and he felt the most comfortable at Louisville,” Coffee coach Ken Eldridge told the AJC. “He’s really improved since last season. He’s the type of quarterback where the sky is the limit. We’re talking about a kid who is totally dedicated and committed to getting better. He’s a legit 6-5, and has put on 18 pounds since last season. He’s also dropped his 40 speed from 4.73 to 4.63. And, of course, he has a cannon for an arm.”
Gardner threw for around 1,400 yards and 14 TDs last year as a junior at Coffee, which runs multiple offensive formations including the Wing-T, Option and Spread offenses. “Everybody talks about Will’s arm,” Eldridge said. “But he’s got some good legs, too. If you don’t respect him, he’ll make you pay by running with the football.”
Gardner and Wayne County’s Greyson Lambert are considered the state’s top college football prospects at QB for 2012. Ironically, both squared off against each other last season, with Coffee prevailing over Wayne County with a 42-27 win. The two teams will play again this season. Because there are so few D1 QBs out of Georgia, it is very rare for them to play head-to-head during the high school season.
Greyson Lambert said he was offered early by UGA, but said he was later told that the Bulldogs didn’t plan on signing a QB in 2012 (click on story link)
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