Cocoa (Fla.) High School ATH Chauncey “C.J.” Gardner (6’0/195) is Miami’s first commitment for the class of 2016. The standout freshman was offered at Al Golden’s June 8 summer camp, and not long afterwards he decided that was the place for him.
“Well, what made me commit was that I’ve been a ‘Canes fan since I was in the third grade,” Gardner said. “I was always taught to chase your dream and my dream is to play for Miami.”
While camping at Miami, Gardner was able to take a tour of the campus. “My favorite part was actually getting to meet Coach Golden in his office and getting to see all the rings that they have won.” Gardner said.
The rising star is excited to be a Hurricane, but so is his family. “They are happy,” Gardner said. “My day used to be a star athlete, and I want to make him proud, because one day he’s going to come around and be like that’s my son. I’m doing it for me, and now I have to do it for my family and everyone that has helped me and supported me.”
This elite freshman has started from day one, and he plays running back, receiver, and defensive back for his high school team. As of right now he’s considered an athlete, but many seem to think that he will be best at safety once he’s in college.
Although, Gardner only holds two offers from Miami and Temple, he is getting plenty of interest from programs like Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and Indiana.
This past season, he had 30 tackles and one interception.
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