Chauncey Gardner Tweets Top 10: Which School Is Best Fit for 4-Star?

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystFebruary 26, 2015

2016 4-Star CB Chauncey Gardner recently narrowed his list of suitors to 10 schools.
2016 4-Star CB Chauncey Gardner recently narrowed his list of suitors to 10 schools.Credit: 247Sports

Despite just now heading into his senior season, 4-star corner Chauncey Gardner has had his share of ups and downs in the recruiting process. 

According to Nate Adelson of InsideTheU, Gardner has made and then backed off commitments to Miami and Florida.

Following his decommitment from the Gators in January, Gardner has picked up offers from the likes of Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Penn State and Oklahoma among others. 

The 6'0", 194-pounder, who rates as the nation's No. 9 corner and the No. 105 player overall in the 2016 class, has now narrowed his list down to 10 schools.

In addition to the Sunshine State's Big Three, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State are the schools still in the running for Gardner.

But which program presents the best fit for the Sunshine State standout?

It's still early, but a few schools may be sticking out for the talented corner prospect.

As awkward as decommitments can be for both prospects and programs, both the 'Canes and the Gators are still very much in the picture with a player who was once a member of each school's respective 2016 class. Both schools have had reputations for producing stud defensive backs in their history.

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In fact, the two in-state powers join Ohio State as three schools that Gardner told Ryan Bartow of 247Sports he has "high interest" in.

One reason why Gardner is high on Urban Meyer's program is because of a new hire that Meyer recently made.

"It makes me look at everything now," Gardner told Bartow. "Now that Tony Alford has switched schools, it changes my whole idea about what's going on."

Ohio State did sign four corners in its 2015 class, including fellow Cocoa (Florida) High School product Jamel Dean. However, it has been aggressive in targeting more standouts at that position in the 2016 cycle.

In addition to Dean, who enrolled at Ohio State in January, the Buckeyes already have a commitment from another prep teammate—2017 4-star athlete Bruce Judson.

Before Alford left South Bend to head to Columbus, Notre Dame was a school that had gained traction with Gardner in the wake of his decommitment from the Gators.

In fact, a glance at his Crystal Ball page shows the Irish as the unanimous favorite to land him at this stage of his recruitment.

According to Tom Loy of Irish247, Gardner has told members of the Irish staff that they are among his lead group of schools.

It also doesn't hurt that the Irish present a depth chart—which will feature three upperclassmen out of the club's top four corners next season, per Ourlads—that could be friendly in terms of him seeing the field early at corner.

A potential wild card in the race could be Florida State. The 'Noles are currently the most dominant force in the Sunshine State, and they have a huge need at the corner spot, as noted by Josh Newberg of Noles247.

Bartow notes that because Gardner is running track this spring, he has yet to schedule any visits during the spring or summer.

That nugget likely means that his recruitment will come down to the visits he makes in the fall or after the season.

While his process is likely to extend all the way until signing day, Ohio State—with Alford in tow and a pair of prep teammates bound for Columbus—seems to have a lot of momentum in its pursuit of one of the top corners from the state of Florida.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.