3-Star WR Elijah Gardiner Flips From Missouri To Ohio State

    Three-star wide receiver Elijah Gardiner flipped his commitment from Missouri to Ohio State on Monday, giving the Buckeyes 20 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class.

    January 30, 2017

    Three-star wide receiver Elijah Gardiner flipped his commitment from Missouri to Ohio State on Monday, giving the Buckeyes 20 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class.  


    When 4-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey decided to back off of his pledge to the Buckeyes and head to Nebraska, that left Urban Meyer’s staff with one more spot to fill than it originally anticipated.

    After adding 4-star receiver Jaylen Harris on Jan. 13, the Buckeyes have found another compliment to Zone 6, and this one comes out of Kemp, Texas.

    On Monday, 3-star prospect Elijah Gardiner flipped his commitment from Missouri to Ohio State. The nation’s No. 146-ranked wide receiver was in Columbus this past weekend for an official visit. The Buckeyes officially extended a scholarship offer to him Monday morning, and that was all it took to change his mind.

    Ohio State now has 20 total commits and has moved up from No. 5 to No. 4 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings following Gardiner’s decision.

    At 6-foot-4, 180 lbs Gardiner is also ranked as the No. 26 wide receiver in the state of Texas. He gave the Tigers his commitment in November, but he couldn’t pass up a chance to play for Meyer.

    The 3-star recruit released a brief statement regarding his decision to flip from Mizzou to Ohio State.

    “Thanks to all the schools that have recruited me, but my family and I have decided to further my career at The Ohio State University.”

    After bringing in 4-star receivers Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor in the 2016 cycle, the Buckeyes will have a trio of pass catchers en route to Columbus for next season. In addition to Harris and Gardiner, Ohio State also has a commitment from 4-star prospect Trevon Grimes, the No. 9 wide receiver and No. 63 overall player in the country.

    Suffice to say, wide receivers coach Zach Smith will have plenty of weapons to work with moving forward.

    Note: Scout rankings, ratings and photos used in this article.

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