Ohio State Overview: Ellijah Gardiner is one of three receivers at least 6-feet-4-inches tall in this Ohio State recruiting class and the second to commit to Ohio State in January … he garnered tremendous attention in January and chose the Buckeyes over an SEC school, a Big 12 power and multiple in-state schools … playing for 3A Kemp High School, located about 25 miles southeast of Dallas, Gardiner was listed as the No. 27 wide receiver prospect in the Midlands region … he was the No. 133 receiver nationally by ESPN and No. 137 by 247Sports … ESPN rated him among the Top 100 prospects in talent-rich Texas … Gardiner played everywhere for coach Brandon Hankins in leading Kemp to back-to-back state playoff appearances, including its first appearance since 2008 in 2015 … only played receiver for two years and also played quarterback, running back and cornerback … in final game of his career, he helped Kemp score 36 fourth quarter points and come back from three 21-point deficits by throwing for two touchdowns plus a two-point conversion, and rushing for two touchdowns and another two-point conversion … named all-district in Class 3A in 2016 … a state 3A qualifier in track and field in the triple jump … also long jumped and ran the 200 meters … honorable mention East Texas Dream Team in basketball by The (Malakoff) News … is the son of Brandy Odell and Loyce Myers.
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