Max Garcia: UGA offers football scholarship to OL transfer

UGA has offered Max Garcia, the offensive lineman who was granted his release and permission to transfer from Maryland earlier this week.

Garcia, who stands 6-foot-4 ½ and 310 pounds, is an NFL prospect who started all 12 games at left offensive tackle as a sophomore this past season at Maryland.

UGA will have some stiff competition from the Florida Gators for Garcia, who has also been offered by Auburn and Ole Miss. The former Norcross High School standout is also being evaluated by Alabama and South Carolina.

Mark Richt (AJC)

UGA's Mark Richt urgently needs OL depth and would love to add a transfer that is an NFL prospect (AJC

“Georgia thinks he’s real athletic, and they love his versatility in that he can play inside or outside on the offensive line,” Norcross assistant Reggie Stancil told the AJC. “They got a chance to watch his film. I think it was Maryland’s game against Georgia Tech. Coach Bobo, Coach Friend, and Coach Mark Richt watched it and they liked. Of course, after seeing it, they were all interested and they want him to be a Bulldog.”

Garcia requested his Maryland release because he wanted to play closer to home. Under the terms of the release, Garcia cannot transfer to any ACC school, any of Maryland’s future non-conference opponents or Vanderbilt. He immediately targeted SEC schools and the NFL prospect has been overwhelmed by the reciprocated interest.

“He was very excited about Georgia and Florida both coming in on him,” Stancil said. “It’s a situation where you get your release but you don’t know who all is going to want you or have space on their roster for you. It’s kind of a scary situation for any kid going into it. Now that his name has gotten out there and people have watched his film and loved it, it’s a big relief that four pretty good SEC schools want him.”

Garcia mentioned how he was appreciative of UGA’s attention a few days ago: “I’m definitely excited about Georgia being interested in me, and my mother is really happy about it as well. I’ve always considered Georgia since high school. It just never really worked out the first time around. They liked me out of high school. They just wanted me to go to a summer camp, and I was never able to make it up there.”

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What happens next? Garcia is finishing out the spring semester at Maryland and hasn’t decided when he will start visiting his suitors. He may try to space out some weekend campus tours during the semester, or take several back-to-back trips during Maryland’s spring break from March 17-25.

Garcia will have to sit out next year under NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of playing eligibility. Garcia, who wants to major in communications, public relations or Spanish, will transfer to his new school for summer semester.

Georgia is looking to add at least one other offensive lineman after onetime commitment Chester Brown switched from the Bulldogs to Central Florida because of an immigration policy and 5-star Avery Young signed with Auburn over Georgia.

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158 comments Add your comment

Ricky Ricardo

February 18th, 2012
11:31 am

Bring it on. He’ll fit in well in Athens.

Big Al

February 18th, 2012
11:47 am

go junkyard dawgs

February 18th, 2012
11:47 am

Dap01

February 18th, 2012
11:47 am

UGA is a great school, UGA has a great football program, UGA is the closest to his home, UGA has a need for a great starter on the OL, and UGA has a coach who don’t drop players and UGA has a coach who does not step over convulsing players.

Sounds like a good match.

BIGDAWG38

February 18th, 2012
11:51 am

“Staring at Left Tackle for the Georgia Bulldogs…’MAX GARCIA’!!!!! GOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!

BigDawg

February 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

Max, we look forward to you joining us and then our former lineman in the NFL!

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 18th, 2012
12:08 pm

has something changed since the last time this story ran

Beast from the East

February 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
12:15 pm

With a name like that are we sure he is a Legal Citizen? Chester Brown sounds more American than Maximilien Garcia.

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
12:16 pm

Did Richt do the Missing lineman thing. Hahaha

Bowl Game Losers

February 18th, 2012
12:17 pm

Is Bobo still the OC? Gud luk

BigGAdawg

February 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

5150 UOAD

You need to find another activity to occupy your pathethic life. I have yet to see a post from you that was not from the dufus category–GO AWAY!!

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
12:22 pm

biggadwag…go make love to TDF and hope Bobo read a book on how to run the football.

OkieDawg

February 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

UGA has a real need for Max. I hope he considers all the positives to playing football at Georgia and becomes a Dawg. Actually, the only negative to Athens is the fact the GT ghetto is only 70 miles away. It would be better if the Tech campus was further away.

Big Dawg 1396

February 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

I hope we get him. He’s awesome, and that will give us a lot mopre experience on the Offensive Line. I think he could earn immediate playing time if he came to play for UGA. We’re losing both tackles and a center. Go Dawgs!!

Un-Tank

February 18th, 2012
12:35 pm

If anyone knows about getting foreigners into school, it’s Tech. In fact, isn’t it a prerequisite there?

01HAWK

February 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

Say it ain’t so JOE………………………..SABAN is looking at him. If he visits BAMA, he will committ.

Better stop him at the GA/AL line if he is driving, or hijack his plane.

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
12:40 pm

Un-Tank…Tech doesn’t allow illegals like UGa tried to do. Foreign students are at every school. Well maybe not at the Drunk Fake Blonde Girls College & Plantation of Georgia.

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

The Kid is a good player and UGa needs him.

yellowfever

February 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

dap01, sounds like uga has everything but a NC

yellowfever

February 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

OKIEDAWG, it would be better if uga didn’t exist at all.

yellowfever

February 18th, 2012
12:51 pm

glad GT can still get under the mushpuppies skin when its not even football season, gotta love it. STING UM JACKETS, TO HELL WITH georgia.

Dawg Haus

February 18th, 2012
12:51 pm

Definitely a win-win for Max and UGA. I’d love to see him in red and black.

shane#1

February 18th, 2012
12:54 pm

Dawgs have offered Trenton Brown,OL, from Georgia Military and Westover HS in Albany. 6”7″ and 330 lbs.

BullDawg Rick

February 18th, 2012
1:29 pm

Big Max is so close to the Classic City + he could be a starter for the State U for 2 years!!

01HAWK

February 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

Other schools have interest in Trenton Brown also.

Recruiting: East Carolina has already offered him and he is receiving interest from a number of other programs including BAMA, GT, CLEMSON, EAST CAROLINA, AUBARN, and FL. ST.

Yellowfever

February 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

GT owns UGA. CPJ rules!!!!

Tdawg

February 18th, 2012
1:34 pm

Good thing that yall can get under the dawgs skin yellowjacket, because that is all you can do. You just like a pesky fly. You are irriating but harmless. We just brush you off and keep on mosing along.

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

Kid wants to be a Doggie. Don’t be jealous. If he signs at UGA, can he practice with team in 2012?

Tampa Gator

February 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

Dawg fans…..

Garcia is leaving Maryland to be “closer to home (Norcross).” Well…he can’t get any closer to home in the SEC than Athens. Sounds like a no brainer to me. But Florida also needs talented OL. Just seems like this is a perfect match for the Dawgs. But who knows.

Beast of the East……

Kelvin Taylor is rated a 5 star by ESPN and is considered one of the top power backs in the country. That makes two big time running back commits to the Gators for 2013. The Gators are going to be strong in the backfield with these two recruits and Matt Jones. Muschamp is already putting together a top 5 class for next year. He will need to sign some big time receivers next February to go along with the very talented TE trio of Reed, Thompson, and Taylor.

Tdawg

February 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

I mean yellowfever. Yellow fever. That would explain a lot.

Dawg Fan

February 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

It would be a great fit in Athens for this young man. He could start for UGA for his final two years.

Tdawg

February 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

Tampa Gator that sounds good to me. That will make it that much easier to reel in that kid from Yulee to the UGA campus.

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
1:46 pm

Tampa Gator
There seems to be a motherlode of talent in southeast (Ga.Fla.) in 2013, looks like both schools are in for an awesome recruiting year. Hope CMR learned lesson from short 2012 class.

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

5051
You feeling good today ain’t ya. You do love to push them buttons.LOL…

Terry

February 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

5150 UOAD, I wouldn’t be talking about someone’s school allowing an illegal, aren’t you an alumni of Kennesaw State University, where they allowed an illegal immigrant to pay in-state tuition?

yellowfever, Says more about you, than UGA Fans, when you’re on a blog about UGA, sounds like its the other way around, that UGA gets under your skin.

UGAgrad71

February 18th, 2012
2:23 pm

I have a good friend who is an IT computer whiz. Will find out it will take to block certain screen names and fry some circuit boards as well. have a good day bugs.

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
2:25 pm

Terry exactly correct. If Kennesaw State did have that mistake that many schools were doing we wouldn’t have HB 87. That is a good thing.

Paul in NH

February 18th, 2012
2:27 pm

UGA is taking a transfer from an ACC school? Are players from the ACC better than the SEC chest beaters proclaim?

Bad Dawg

February 18th, 2012
2:41 pm

Paul in NH, talent wise I don’t think there is a huge cap in between the SEC and ACC. If you look at recent drafts the SEC is first followed by the ACC and its not by that many. I think the gap is in the coaching, when you have Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, Bobby Petrino, Dan Mullen, etc… all in the same conference it is hard to overcome that kind of coaching. The ACC should be very proud of their high academic standards though.

Bad Dawg

February 18th, 2012
2:45 pm

Dap01, What is the point in constantly bashing Alabama and Nick Saban? If he is such a horrible person then why are parents allowing their kids to go play there. Maybe its the 2 national championships in 3 years or all of the first round picks in the NFL Draft? I mean that would be terrible for any kid to be a part of that. Good pick up for the gators today also, hopefully that means Derrick Henry will go ahead and enroll early at UGA. Go Dawgs!

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
2:46 pm

Paul like when a 3 star recruit signs with the SEC he gets a 4th star. Now MAX GARCIA just lost 50 IQ points just walking on an SEC school’s campus.

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
3:09 pm

5051
You love to let your imagination run wild like a child. Did you have imaginary friends when you were younger? No reason to be a hater bubba. Just stick to the facts. We out recruit Tech. We out coach Tech,and we kick their a** 9 outta 10. Now you have a nice day

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
3:15 pm

How did UGA missout on him the first goaround? Did we have our quota of OLs at that time, or did CRG not do his job again?

5150 UOAD

February 18th, 2012
3:16 pm

out coach? you really are drunk on the Bobo Kool-aide.

Paul in NH

February 18th, 2012
3:19 pm

Bad Dawg
Nice post – I agree with you that the SEC is better (and deeper in talent) but the ACC has plenty of good players. You missed one other difference between the leagues. Football is far more important to the SEC schools than it is to the ACC schools – the sizes of the stadia and the rabidness of the fan bases demonstrate that – and that has to help in recruiting.

Paul in NH

February 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

UOAD – he may not drop IQ points but I believe he also drops 0.5 secs in the 40 when he gets his SEC speed.

Terry

February 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

5150 UOAD, Agree, Before they past HB 87, illegal immigrants were admitted to Georgia colleges and universities, but they were supposed to be assessed out of state tuition. Recent news stories regarding Kennesaw State University had shown how easy it was for those here illegally to game the system. With the federal government failing to secure our borders and stem the flow of illegal immigration, it was up to our state to fill the gap. Simply checking a box on a form was not enough we needed the prospective students to provide verifiable proof of their immigration status, I am proud that the State of Georgia has taken a stand, even if it cost UGA a recruit, but I would have to think, that after the deal with Chester Brown, that UGA has made sure, that he is not an illegal, wouldn’t you?

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

Jealousy…REM… Another great Ga. product.

kingdaddy

February 18th, 2012
3:31 pm

Hey Mustang Sally…Wasup girl…..