Gardner, a 6'5, 215-pound quarterback from Coffee County, Ga., tore the ACL in his right knee in his team's season opener, underwent corrective knee surgery last fall and missed his senior season. Gardner is currently rehabbing his knee and expects to be ready for action when he arrives at Louisville.
"It's doing good," Coffee County coach Ken Eldridge told InsideTheVille.com. "He's been rehabbing it and has been cleared to do more and more things. He's doing general lifting and trying to build the strength back up right now. He's able to do light jogging right now. By the time he reports to Louisville in June he will be fully released for full participation."
With sophomore Teddy Bridgewater entrenched as Louisville's starting quarterback for the next three years, Louisville coach Charlie Strong talked about redshirting Gardner next season to get more separation between him and Bridgewater.
"Who knows what we're going to do with him?" Strong said. "If we redshirt him he'll be two years removed from Teddy Bridgewater and that will give him two years after Teddy leaves. But we needed a quarterback in this class."
Eldridge says he expects Gardner to redshirt next season.
"That's the plan, they want to redshirt him next year and he thinks that will be best for him because he's learning the system," Eldridge said.
"He really liked the coaching staff up there and felt at home at Louisville," Eldridge said. "Once he became so comfortable with them it was an easy decision for him."