Lakewood (Calif.) Lakewood High School DB prospect Darren Gardenhire his beginning to hear from some Pac-12 programs and recently took in the Washington Junior Day this past weekend.
Gardenhire traveled to Seattle this past weekend to check out the University of Washington campus and left impressed.
"I liked it a lot up there," said Gardenhire. "The campus is sick. The new Husky Stadium is going to be crazy tight."
In addition to Washington, Gardenhire has been hearing from Utah and UCLA. He has plans to visit UCLA unofficially later this spring.
The 6-0, 170 pound prospect played mainly at safety last season for the Lancers, but could be destined for the island in college. Both UCLA and Utah like him at cornerback early on.
Gardenhire has quite the resource at the cornerback position as his step brother is current Seattle Seahawk Walter Thurmond, who starred at Oregon. Because of that, the Ducks have always been a favorite for Gardenhire along with UCLA.
When asked what kind of player he is, Gardenhire said he is calm on the field. "But at the same time I have an aggressive mindset," says Gardenhire. "I like to play games with the quarterback and force him to make mistakes."
Aggressive is right. Gardenhire finished last season with six interceptions, nine pass break ups and 43 tackles.
Gardenhire's Lakewood High School squad went 8-3 last season, losing in the first round of the Pac-5 Playoffs to Mater Dei.
"We want to win the Moore league title next season," said Gardenhire. "I want to be the leader of my team and help us out as much as possible."
Junior film on Gardenhire can be viewed by clicking here.