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Gardner Commits To Ohio State

Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central coach Jayson West reported to 247Sports that his senior offensive lineman Timothy Gardner committed to Ohio State on Saturday, a day after he attended Friday Night Lights.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Gardner chose the Buckeyes over offers from Indiana, Louisville and Purdue.

Gardner met with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Ed Warinner and gave them the good news.

"It's a great experience," Gardner said. "One of the greatest things to happen to me in my life with the tradition and with Coach Urban Meyer and what he brings.

"It's something special."

Gardner knew he wanted to commit to Ohio State when he camped in the spring, but the Buckeyes coaching staff told him to return to Columbus.

"They asked for me to lose a little weight and I did that and I came back to the camp and performed well.

"It was a great camp. They had some of the greats there like Orlando Pace and LeCharles Bentley."

Gardner is the 16th commit for Ohio State in the class-of-2013 and the second offensive lineman joining Evan Lisle.

"For a lineman he's very, very dynamic," West said. "He can do a lot of things athletically. He'll be an interior guy in college. He's really worked hard on his body and he's down to a weight where he is really moving well. We're really proud of him as a person, student and athlete. He's improved leaps and bounds over the years and it's really showed.

"He's a kid that had a lot of local offers but went out and showed what we already knew, which he is a special lineman."

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