It was the moment Jager Gardner has worked for.
"It was just a great feeling," said Gardner when he picked an offer from Virginia this week. "It feels like a dream come true really. I just have to stay focused so more offers can come."
Virginia assistant Marques Hagans went by Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina, to see Gardner work out.
"He talked to my coach for like three hours," he said. "It feels like someone really cares about me. I am really respected and well known. I'm just glad they offered."
The Cavaliers, however, are new to the 2015 running back prospect. Gardner says he is ready to learn more and is even planning a visit.
"I did a little bit (of research) today, but I'm going to take a trip down there this summer. "
The 6-foot-3, 202 pounder is also planning to visit Florida State, Ohio State and Georgia this summer, and he has seen many coaches come by the spring.
"I had like five coaches come in last week, I had Carolina, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and a couple of more people came in. I feel like Virginia offering me now it will open things up for me."
Gardner is now focused on keeping his grades up. Academics is very important to his him and his family, and he wants a school that will offer him a bright future.
"(When I visit schools I want to know more about the) academics and the liability if something happens to me. What is that school going to do for me if I get hurt."
After getting all his non-football questions answered, he will have a few questions for offensive coordinators.
"What kind of offense they run-if they run the option I would love that. I like spread teams as well, just anything that would help me get the ball to my hands."
Virginia and Florida state are just some of the schools that are utilizing their running backs in the slot, and that is definitely something that interests Gardner.
"That's something that I love. A lot of schools are starting to do that now."
Last season, Gardner rushed for 2,586 yards and 31 touchdowns.