Michigan bolsters QB spot with recruit Gardner


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan's quarterback spot might be a mess right now, but things are looking a lot better for the future.

As expected the Wolverines received a verbal commitment Friday from quarterback Devin Gardner, an ESPNU 150 watch list selection from Inkster, Mich. Gardner originally was set to announce his college choice in early March -- it was reported then that he'd pick Michigan -- but postponed the announcement so his basketball team could finish its season. Michigan State and Wisconsin also were in the mix for Gardner.

"I had an opportunity to see Gardner just prior to his junior season at the Elite 11 camp last July and it is clear he is the ideal fit for what Michigan wants to be at quarterback and on offense," ESPN Scouts Inc. recruiting director Tom Luginbill said. "He is tall, has a live arm and is extremely athletic. With improved throwing mechanics and accuracy, this young man could be outstanding not only as a dual-threat guy, but as a pure passer too."

The buzz on the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Gardner is that he fits Rich Rodriguez's offense perfectly, arguably better than any of the other quarterbacks Michigan has brought on board. He certainly will be the biggest quarterback (not counting 6-foot-7 David Cone) on the Wolverines roster.

If Tate Forcier, Denard Robinson or Nick Sheridan don't establish themselves as the clear No. 1 this fall, you'd think Gardner will be right in the mix in 2010.