Michigan recruit Gardner has enrolled

Michigan quarterback recruit Devin Gardner has officially enrolled at the school.

Gardner told me Tuesday afternoon that he enrolled and started classes earlier in the day. University officials confirmed the enrollment, and Gardner's name now appears in Michigan's online student directory.

The 6-foot-4, 198-pound quarterback was unable to enroll for the start of the term, and it appeared as though he wouldn't start practicing with the team until August. But Gardner completed his requirements at Inkster (Mich.) High School and enrolled a week and a half after the semester started (Jan. 6).

He joins six other early enrollees at Michigan: Austin White, Jeremy Jackson, Ricardo Miller, Christian Pace, Stephen Hopkins and Jerald Robinson.

Gardner now will be able to practice with the team this spring, which should really help him as he tries to push Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson on the depth chart. Forcier enrolled early last year and had a clear advantage over Robinson, who didn't arrive until preseason camp.