Chauncey Gardner, a longtime Florida commit, turned heads earlier this week when he announced a change to his official visits.
The 4-star cornerback from Cocoa, Fla., plans to visit UGA, Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame for four of his recruiting trips. He will go to either Florida State or Ohio State for his fifth visit, he confirmed to the AJC. He was originally slated to go to Penn State back in July.
“I re-did them because the first official visits I had, I was like, ‘Man, I’m not really going to visit these schools,’” Gardner told the AJC. “I like these schools because I want to stay with what’s close to me and what actually fits me. Georgia’s defense, Alabama’s defense, Florida’s defense and Notre Dame’s defense fit me.”
“(All those schools) play physical and in your face. I’m taking these visits to see defensive schemes. Yeah, I’m going for the school, but I’m really trying to see which defense is better and which defense I can play in.”
It would appear that Florida, UGA and Alabama, though, are the most intriguing options for Gardner, who says he’s keeping a close eye on their respective rosters.
“A lot of guys are going to be leaving next year with Georgia, Florida and Alabama, and that’s what I’m going to be focused on.”
What are the chances Gardner reconsiders his commitment after taking his official visits? That remains to be seen, but it’s important to note that he has done it before.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder originally committed to Miami in 2013, before decommitting and pledging to Florida in June of 2014. Upon Will Muschamp’s departure, he decommitted yet again before re-pledging to the Gators this past March.
“It depends on how it goes,” Gardner said. “I’m more focused on my senior season and the visits. I don’t know what might happen in the next couple of months. I’m taking it slowly.”
Gardner is ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the state of Florida.