Committed: Catching Up with Timothy Gardner

By Miles Joseph on July 31, 2012 at 8:00p
Gardner is the newest Buckeye

Evan Lisle has been the only offensive linemen in the recruiting class of 2013 since he made his pledge in late February, even leaving some to think it would be possible that the Centerville star could be the only player at the position come Signing Day. 

Things changed quickly this past Saturday when Ohio State extended a scholarship to and received a verbal commitment from Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central OL Timothy Gardner.

Gardner, 6-5/320, camped in Columbus on June 20, and even stated he had committed to the Buckeyes soon after. While that was a misunderstanding at the time, the big lineman had been told by Urban Meyer that he would receive an offer if he was able to lose a certain amount of weight by the time Friday Night Lights rolled along.

Meyer's words resonated, as Gardner worked hard, lost the needed weight, and received the opportunity to become a Buckeye, which he quickly accepted.

After nabbing their latest commitment, the staff could be done recruiting offensive linemen as the Bucks only have a few scholarships remaining and bigger needs to fill. If the coaches did take another lineman, however, it would likely be Cass Tech's Dennis Finley, who would give them a second tackle to go along with Lisle, as Gardner projects to guard at the college level. 

We caught up with newest Buckeye to find out how his offer unfolded, why he chose the Buckeyes, when he'll be back in Columbus next, and more. Keep reading to find out more about Ed Warinner's newest piece, Timothy Gardner.

You were recently offered by and committed to Ohio State. How did this go down?

I initially went to a camp back in June and also went to the Friday Night Lights camp. After the camp in June, Coach Meyer said if I lost a certain amount of weight that he would offer me and I did that. I met with Coach Warriner at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this past Saturday [after competing at FNL] and then I met with Coach Meyer in his office where I was offered and made it official.

How did Coach Meyer react when you committed?

He already knew. I had told him this is where I wanted to be from the get go and would do whatever it takes. He set a goal, I reached it, and I'm sitting here today as a Buckeye.

Why did you choose the Buckeyes?

Tradition and Coach Meyer. When I say tradition, I mean all the great things that have come before me and what I can bring to Ohio State in future years.

Did you grow up rooting for the Buckeyes?

Always. Ever since I was a little kid I have rooted for them. It is unbelievable at Ohio State. Playing under Coach Meyer is any man's dream as well.

Did you have the chance to look around campus while you were in Columbus?

The first thing Coach [Kirk] Barton showed me was a place called Buckeye Grove, which was cool. I also got to see the buildings, the dorms I would be living in, and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was a great experience.

Will you be attending any games this year?

I plan on making it to five home games. I will be there a lot this season.

Have you had the chance to speak to any fellow 2013 commits?

Only a few, but I'll be getting in touch with most of them in the next couple of days.

Will you be recruiting your teammate, 2014 LB Brandon Lee, to Ohio State?

I'm recruiting him right now (laughs).

Anything you'd like to tell Buckeye Nation?

There's work to be done!



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Ohiothomas1's picture

Gotta love this guy. Worked for tail off for this! Also gotta love that this guy is a true Buckeye.

ShadyBuckeye's picture

wasnt THAT excited when I initially heard of the commit but Urban Meyer likes him and so do I after reading this. He worked his butt off to earn a schollie, that tells me he'll listen to the coaches to do whatever he has to do to get better. he loves OSU, sounds dumb but some kids simply dont care all that much, doesnt seem to be the case here.

TMargo's picture

Big fan of this young man already.  Was challenged by UFM and lost the weight to get his offer.  Even more impressed my the what he had to say the the buckeye faithful, "There's work to be done"
Mark it down now.  Most improved player out of this class and a 2016 captain/1st team B1G member.  Welcome to the family! 

CanadianBuckeye's picture

Gotta love the commits that KNOW Ohio State is where they want to be.  Welcome aboard big fella!

buck-I.8's picture

@Shady, agree, what I like most about him is the work ethic that he's shown thus far. Also, guys that lose weight and get in shape and start to show that they're ready are the guys you can get most excited about, because they haven't come close to being realized. He probably was dismissed by scouts and coaches due to his bad weight, and now that he's getting more in shape and ready to get some top notch technique training, he has the potential to be as good as any blue chip guy.

Urban Nation's picture

Congradulations Tim! Always love the kids who not only want to be a buckeye but work very hard for the chance welcome to the family.

It's good to be home.

buckeye76BHop's picture

I like this kid already...his commitment to do what ever the coaches tell him is great.  That's a trait all coaches look for in their players and this kids got it.  If you tell him to run through a brick wall, then he'll do it.  It's nice when kids earn a spot and hopefully he'll really appreciate it (and it seems like he does already).  He's going to be one big boy...hard to see him at Guard unless he losses more weight.  He'll have to pull and I like his speed on film but the competition will be better in the B1G than what he's playing against.  I see him at tackle too...we'll see.

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1stYrBuckIClub's picture

When I read this interview, I thought one thing: coachable. He has the uncoachable aspect in size. What his tape leaves to be desired can be corrected with hard work and coaching, two things Mr. Gardner has been very receptive to from Meyer. I understand a four-star OL may seem more desireable than three-star, but obviously with the right coach and program an underrated player can have a huge impact. Great to have this young man on board!

osu07asu10's picture

Welcome aboard big fella!

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buckeyedude's picture

This seems like a good catch. Keep him on the treadmill and away from the all-u-can-eat buffets.
 I also like the fact that he says he's always liked OSU and he has an easy name to pronounce.



bukyze's picture

I bet the 'd' is silent in his last name .... just kidding.

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"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

bucknut24's picture

Love when guys realize early on that OSU is the only place they want to be and then work hard to get there.  Great Job!
No worries on his weight, look how much he lost outside of the training program, add that and the nutritionist and he will be fine.
Welcome to the family big fella.

SPreston2001's picture

I agree he has great size and will only get better once he gets on campus. Really excited about this pickup!

Poison nuts's picture

Get psyched reading about a kid like this - wanting to play that badly at good if he keeps progressing & ends up the next Orlando Pace...a guy can hope right?

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Urban's type of kid!!!  You have a goal, meet it and you're in - and the kid does it!  Man it's going to be fun watching this team over the next decade!!!

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Maestro's picture

Solid answers.  Welcome aboard big fella.

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avail31678's picture

Welcome Mr. Gardner!  FYI - there's a certain Michigan OL commit who has sworn "there will be blood" in his first installment of "The Game."  Based on your comment that "there's work to be done," I'm going to hope/assume you're on the same track. 
Love what I hear from this guy so far - can't wait to see him block for us!

schooey's picture

I knew it was guard. Could be a MONSTER. 

Boom777's picture

He is a true buckeye, was given a goal and met it to earn what he got. Gotta respect that

Wherever you are, there you be!

Rapping Bum's picture

As many have mentioned, love the fact that he was given a target goal and hit.  Seems really coachable, loves OSU - which is nice, but not always true.

Help is on the way.

BTBuckeye's picture

This kid has a lot of work to do if he wants to start given that film. Got to love the goal reaching thus far, that says a lot.
The potential is there given that massive frame.

luckynutz's picture

I guess urban wasn't lying when he said he wanted guys who will put in the work and compete . First darron lee working hard to earn his offer. Now gardner. Guys who may not be the most well known names, but guys who have shown urban and the staff they will do whatever it takes to be buckeyes. Those are the kids who really end up surprising you. Like he said, there's work to be done. He's obviously shown he isn't afraid to put it in. Welcom to to buckeye nation big fella!

bassplayer7770's picture

Others have already said it, but it's great to see Tim work so hard to realize his dream of playing as a Buckeye.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Tim!

BrewstersMillions's picture

I'm really interested to see what Marotti can do with a frame (and work ethic given what he did to get his offer) like this. In a few years, this kid could be utterly terrifying when he gets upfield to block on a zone read or bubble screen. Imagine this coming at you at the second level with a full head of steam?