Indiana gets commitment from four-star offensive lineman

Indiana got its second commitment in two days from Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., this one from offensive lineman Tim Gardner. The four-star former Lawrence Central player had offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple and also was getting attention from Arizona and Arkansas.

“If he keeps his clean and works hard and plays three years as a starter there,” Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick said, “he’ll be an NFL guy.”

Gardner stands 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds. This season, Chaplick said he was low on offensive tackles, so he played Gardner outside, but he believes his future is as an interior lineman — guard or center.

“He’s a top 10 offensive lineman,” Chaplick said. “He’s got great technique, he’s got a great will to blow the defensive lineman 5-6 yards back and knock him down. … Run blocking is his specialty. He’s going to have someone lined up over his head all the time, and nine out of 10 times, he’s going to win that one-on-one battle.”


  1. Good get CKW and staff. O-line depth needed to be addressed after all of the injuries and subsequent shuffling this season. Keep working to bring in talented kids, and developing the kids we have. Go Hoosiers.

  2. davis, its a rare O-lineman that can play on the d-line at a high level. Really different personalities required. Besides, if he wants to play in the pros, he already knows that starting o-linemen get paid more than d-linemen. For example, the offensive left tackle is usually the second highest paid player on the team.

  3. PO: Agree 100% about personalities, the post was in jest. Another personality aspect is that some players don’t take well to position shifts, especially if they come feel they were lied to in recruiting. Not sure that there’s a big difference in salaries between different sides of the neutral zone. The below is courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

    Quarterback- $1,970,982
    Defensive End- $1,583,784
    Offensive Lineman- $1,267,402
    Defensive Tackle- $1,223,925

  4. Should have mentioned that the above are averages. Anyone know why Gardner transferred from Lawrence Central to Milford? Checked out Milford and its a boarding school in upstate NY with the self-proclaimed mission “to respond to the needs of undergraduate/postgraduate student athletes who require additional educational guidance and/or athletic training” by providing “a structured institution with published boarding school regulations, and exercises reasonable discipline provided by concerned and caring role models.” “[A] non-profit institution since 1965. In that same year the school introduced a Division 1 level post-graduate football program that enjoyed immense success over the years.” Ye olde non-profit as a football factory.

  5. Actually, it’s more than that…much more, unless you hold on to old models that only benefit certain restricted and privileged social groups. Among the privileged, preparatory schools have always been available to help those who had a particularly tough time with some subjects prerequisite for a good education or some whose circumstances had them in one-parent homes or called for a more disciplined environment to take advantage of opportunities, because their families could pay high tuition. Happens all the time with those in the upper crusts, private preps and academies, boarding schools (Culver Military for example or St. Johns Military in Wisconsin for example)… But, some kids just have no access to them…(usually lacking the funds).

    It’s not only for jocks or with the mission to create ‘ye olde football factory, as you so quaintly put it. Even the military academies have their prep schools (West Point Prep in New Jersey, Naval Academy Prep in Rhode Island and AF Prep at Colorado Springs I believe) to help those that show promise, skill or leadership and need a year’s adjustment shoring up academics, making up for having graduated from bad educational systems.

    It might provide some kids with additional opportunities they can earn (through their talents)! However, it’s not only for would-be jocks although it’s a good thing doors can be opened that way as well for those who haven’t had much of a break otherwise. Of course, unless one resents creating opportunities as a bad thing and opening opportunities as wasting effort and resources, right?

    Then again, for some, it’s all a zero-sum game.

  6. Unforgiven- Thanks for your insight, and I accept a slice of humble pie. Milford indeed appears to fit in with the original purpose of athletic college scholarships, which was to give a chance for a college education to those who would not otherwise have that opportunity. I don’t resent that, but must say that I’m skeptical of a lot of “non-profits.” That includes particularly the “bowl committees” that claim to be non-profits but pay their executive directors sums well into six figures. According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, the Sugar Bowl paid its CEO $600k, has $34.2m in reserves, but still gets subsidies from the State of Louisiana. These sins are not Milford’s, however, and Milford is probably a far more worthy recipient of the taxpayers’ largesse than any of the BCS gang.

  7. Davis- if ‘non-profits’ and ‘non-profit salaries’ is your concern; you’d better buy a big, big computer and include many of the non-profits in our own programs.

  8. Unforgiven- not sure what you mean by “our own programs.” But because just about any business venture can be cast as a non-profit, abuse of non-profit status has become a huge cost to taxpayers. How many people know that one of the nation’s largest insurance companies is a “non-profit?” According to the Detroit Free Press, were Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan organized as a mutual insurance co. (a la State Farm) instead of a non-profit, it would have paid about $90m in state and local taxes (including $1.5m in property taxes to the City of Detroit.) Instead it paid zilch. You’re definitely right about that big, big computer.

  9. Davis, the point is that we agree. In reference to your question, most programs set up non-profits and provide tax shelters for their larger contributors. By creating these they avoid the public eye. In many cases, the coaching salaries we see declared are nowhere close to reality and these non-profits are basically set up to do just that. There’s a lot of good information around on the U. of Miami and the many ways in which they washed their money. The NCAA is nowhere nearly sophisticated enough to control this ‘traffic’. And, I suspect there are many sources of untraceable revenue into the NCAA itself. Something has to explain its penchant for strange rulings.

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