Ellijah Gardiner was a late add for OSU in the 2017 class
Kemp High School
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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 their 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 overcome 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.