Gardner learning from T-Rob

Last Friday the Gators had several class of 2015 commits on campus for Friday Night Lights and one 2016 commit was on campus as well. Cornerback Chauncey Gardner (5-11, 190, Cocoa, FL High) camped at Florida early this summer and on Friday he decided to participate in Friday Night Lights. “It was great,” Gardner said. “It was fun. I mean, locking kids down, running past kids, it was an experience. It was a good experience to see what it would be like on a Saturday in the Swamp.” In June Gardner had the opportunity to learn from cornerback Travaris Robinson and on Friday he continued learning new skills to help him as a corner. “I learned a lot more techniques and ball skills,” Gardner said. “I learned a lot more breaking skills and how to defend deep routes and short routes. I learned a lot more this weekend.” One of the biggest keys in Gardner’s flip from Miami to Florida was his relationship with T-Rob and that relationship is getting better by the day. “It’s strong,” he said of his relationship with Robinson. “Every time I come up here and I’m camping, he gets on me like ‘Chauncey who are you gonna lock down today? How many picks you gonna get today?’ I love our relationship, we can have nice little conversations.” With this being Gardner’s second time on campus he was able to see the things that he didn’t see the first time in Gainesville. “I’ve really seen it all just driving around myself the first time,” Gardner said. “It was great, the locker rooms, training facilities, the dorms, practice fields; everything’s great.” Now that Gardner is strong in his commitment to Florida and camped at Florida, he’s ready to focus on his junior football season. “This was my last camp,” Gardner said. “We start mandatory workouts at my high school on Monday. We want to win state. I’m just staying within myself and taking the recruiting process as it is. You can’t talk too much to the coaches, because I’m an underclassmen, we can’t break NCAA regulations. So I talk to the coaches but we’re staying within the rules, but I’ll be able to talk to them more soon.”   INSIDER TAKE: Gardner is a trash talking cornerback who has the skills to go with his game. Gardner seems very solid in his commitment to Florida and he really likes T-Rob as a coach and as a person.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.