Max Garcia: OL transfer ranks UGA visit “between 9 and 10″

Max Garcia, who is one of the nation’s most-heavily recruited football transfers, rated his official visit to UGA somewhere “between a 9 and 10” on a scale of 1-10.

OL transfer Max Garcia rated his visit to UGA  (Photo courtesy of Maryland)

OL transfer Max Garcia rated his official visit to UGA somewhere "between a 9 and 10." Garcia would give the Bulldogs much-needed depth along the offensive line (Photo courtesy of Maryland)

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman is a former Norcross High School football star who was recently granted a release from Maryland. Garcia will red-shirt next year and have two seasons of eligibility.

Garcia took official visits to UGA and Ole Miss over the last 10 days. He confirmed with the AJC that he will go to Florida on Friday, then take a recruiting trip to USC next week. Garcia is deciding between Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Clemson for his fifth and final visit. He hopes to announce his college decision by late April.

UGA has been the longtime frontrunner for Garcia, who requested permission to transfer from Maryland because he wanted to play closer to home. During his spring break, Garcia toured UGA on an official visit.

“I rate my visit to UGA between a 9 and 10 because while I was there, I felt at home,” Garcia told the AJC. “I enjoyed meeting all the coaches and the players. I had an overall great experience in Athens. I got to see their first spring practice in pads.

“They practiced with great intensity and enthusiasm. It really got me fired up – I wanted to be suited up myself.”  Garcia joked that the only reason he did grade UGA as a “10” is because “I only received about $50 for the gas spent driving to Athens [from the Atlanta area].”

Before Garcia took any visits, he said UGA was his frontrunner ahead of Florida. After taking his first visit to Ole Miss a few days before UGA, Garcia told Scout that the Bulldogs were ahead of Ole Miss.

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Now that Garcia has visited UGA, where do things stand? “Picking my order of schools is really hard for me because I haven’t visited them all yet. One day I’m leaning towards one school and the next day I’m leaning towards another. And with offers coming in every other day, I really have to keep an open mind because I don’t want to limit myself of options. But I still have a high interest in UGA and Ole Miss.”

Lane Kiffin’s USC Trojans and Wisconsin are among Garcia’s newest scholarship offers – and two schools located in different time zones than his hometown of Atlanta.

“Although USC and Wisconsin are further away from home, I spoke with my mother, who has a great role in my decision … and she ultimately wants me to be happy,” Garcia said.

“Going through the recruiting process, you never know who’s going to be interested in you. I initially wanted to get closer to home but I cannot just pass on tremendous opportunities because of my initial feeling. Both programs offer an ideal opportunity academically and athletically that all the other programs I’m interested in do as well.”

Garcia started all 12 games at left tackle for Maryland last season.

Lane Kiffin has entered the sweepstakes for Max Garcia (AP photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Lane Kiffin has entered the sweepstakes for Max Garcia (AP photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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103 comments Add your comment

dave

March 30th, 2012
1:32 am

VP

March 30th, 2012
1:41 am

Good luck to wherever you go Max. From an outsiders perspective, UGA sure could use you.

cdpridg

March 30th, 2012
1:54 am

This is what I am talking about! Lets get’em Dawgs!!

Lagdawg

March 30th, 2012
1:55 am

The only reason UGA was rated a 10 was due to location. That is not good. UGA needs to step up its recruiting efforts. I don’t know what is going on with UGA and attracting top OL, but someone better pull their heads out of the red clay and change theri recruiting style. Doing good with recruiting but, there is a need for for too many areas and UGA cannot affort to miss out on top level talent.

Saban for Prez

March 30th, 2012
1:55 am

Max why would you want to go a school known for marijuana brownies, recordbreaking arrests, and a preacher for a coach? At least St. Richt showed up for this visit, unlike when #2 prospect in the nation Reuben Foster made his one appearance. UGA … 12-time preseason champs!

Terry

March 30th, 2012
3:02 am

Saban for Prez, You sure are special, and not in a good way, if you’re IQ’s high enough to catch my drift. Ha, Ha, Ha, Loser!!!

Crimson Crush

March 30th, 2012
3:03 am

I thought reading the article how funny it was that his reason for leaving Maryland was because he supposedly needed to “to be closer to home” … then he starts spouting off about strongly considering going to Wisconsin or USC on the other side of the country . He has obviously already noticed others who have called bullsh** on his lame transfer excuse because he already had another excuse to answer it ….

Crimson Crush

March 30th, 2012
3:11 am

*NEWSFLASH*

OL transfer Max Garcia has ruled out going to the Hawaii Warriors because it is just slightly too long of a drive ( and they suck worse than Maryland would have )

Red Dog 77

March 30th, 2012
3:43 am

Saban For Prez, Richt’s met Reuben Foster more times than you have teeth.

smells of satan

March 30th, 2012
4:02 am

LANE KIFFIN LANE KIFFIN AND ANOTHER PHOTO OF LANE KIFFIN. WHEN IS THIS INFATUATION WITH KIFFIN GOING TO END? I LIKE THE INFO YOU PROVIDE ON RECRUITING BUT THIS KIFFIN THING NEEDS TO STOP. HE IS NO LONGER IN THE SEC AND I FOR ONE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR HIS NAME AGAIN. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. HAVE A GOOD DAY.

smells of satan

March 30th, 2012
4:21 am

SABAN FOR PREZ. Why do you atheists keep referring to Coach Richts religeon in a negative way. His religeon has nothing to do with his coaching but only adds favorably to his character. Some creep calling himself Jesus Christ and shouting praise allah will suffer the burning pain of hell someday without repentance. Too many left wing whackos coming on the sports blogs and making stupid comments such as i am doing by wasting my time on these jerks. If Alabama and nine other SEC schools had as many rules in discipling athletes then there would be a lot less athletes available for games at those schools. UGA doesn’t have anymore problem athletes than the rest of the SEC schools but their punishment is greater and is published joyfully in the newspapers. The conference should make all punishmens the same for all schools and then UGA would look a lot more normal. The other schools don’t have less problem athletes just less required punishment. Treat all the athletes equally.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

March 30th, 2012
4:43 am

Did Saban and Alabama make those brownies? Sounds like Max is a UGA guy. The 50 bucks means the world to him. @smells….you sir are a typical UGA fan…it’s always someone else at fault. You deserve what you get with Richt. Nobody on your team fears the guy and it shows year after year. Enjoy being #1 in the state of Georgiee because that is your limit.

bitter duh!

March 30th, 2012
6:50 am

The bulldogs will be fine with or without this guy, he is going to milk this process, eventhought he has been through it once allready.

————————-there are plenty of “O” lineman around—-its first come first served.

——————dawg fans stop worring about oaktree and rambo—-the dream team members

——————————are her to stay and will play at a higher level than rambo and the brownies

————————-bamma tards go back in your trailers and [play with your sisters—-loosers

The elf

March 30th, 2012
7:09 am

Wet Willie and his little willy

DOG2

March 30th, 2012
7:10 am

Thanks “smell of satan” Coach Richt faith has no place on these blogs, You sir are correct in calling out all these idiots that bring up his religon.

RedandBackDAWG

March 30th, 2012
7:18 am

I guess we can gather by how his decision and visits are going that the reason for leaving Maryland had a little more to do with the coach in place there, than just wanting to be closer to home. Mr. Edsell (?) seems to have a lot of trouble communicating with the players, as indicated by how many have quit the team and asked to be transferred. Some folks say, he is too hard on the players and you read others saying he doesn’t communicate with them. Sad really, that Maryland has taken a big step backwards since the “Fridge”, was let go. I was born in Maryland and at one time, actually went up with some other folks, and watched a practice, way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but realized, I would never be the rightsize to fit the mold of a DE. They had guys toting the water bucket, bigger than I was. Of course, at 225 pounds, I would darn sure not be a consideration these days.

Paul in NH

March 30th, 2012
7:44 am

Who knew that Los Angeles, CA and Madison, WI were closer to Atlanta than College Park, MD?

Beast from the East

March 30th, 2012
7:49 am

“I want to get closer to home”. So he visits USC and Wisconsin? If he doesn’t understand geography any better than that, then he shouldn’t be attending college.

T-Dawg

March 30th, 2012
7:53 am

Can’t believe he would want to play with a bunch of losers who can’t keep away from drugs or have “friends” that use them, at great cost to their team-mates, coaches, fellow students, fans, etc.

Dap01

March 30th, 2012
7:56 am

Who cares about Lane Kiffin?

Bandwagon Bammer

March 30th, 2012
7:59 am

So 2 schools that are considerably farther than Maryland are among the schools he wants to visit. Guess that whole “closer to home” stuff was nonsense.

kydawg

March 30th, 2012
8:03 am

Max wants to be closer to home…so why do you go visit Wisconsin or So Cal???
#Geography101

RTR22

March 30th, 2012
8:06 am

Accontability U located in Athens lol…..Richt “preaches” accountability and thats why all the little dawgs buy in and behave themselves. Certainly explains all those championships you have…..

Tide 22 Sec titles, Jawja 12 or 13….. so far behind and so far away

Albert

March 30th, 2012
8:20 am

Why are all the Alabama gay folks on here?

Dean

March 30th, 2012
8:25 am

I thought a part of his release was that he couldn’t transfer to Vandy. Why are they now one of his possibilities?

A Father

March 30th, 2012
8:29 am

Two months ago Max was 100% GA. Nothing stood in the way. What has occured if anything that has him looking elsewhere?

Question Max, do you want to play from the start or go somewhere and not play much at all?
You want to play immediately, Vandy, Tenn

The Truth

March 30th, 2012
8:32 am

Dog 2, you are calling a 7th grader “sir” ?

DIT

March 30th, 2012
8:34 am

I have to admit. I scratch my head on the visits outside the region as well IF he is truly looking to stay close to home. Then again, he is still a kid and might just want to take advantage of a free trip to the west coast. Can’t blame him for that.
All I know is that any of the above mentioned schools sure can use a Lineman of his caliber.
Best of luck to him.

HighTech

March 30th, 2012
8:46 am

It is a long drive to Hawaii, Crimson Crush. You have to take the OhioIowaIdahoHawaii Highway. Google it and you’ll see what I mean. lol.

Wanting to be closer to home + Journalism Major = UGA for sure

If Max Garcia chooses a school other than UGA, something is wrong. I’d say Vandy, Clemson, and Florida are outside shots.

UGA churns out more journalism graduates than Carter has pills.

I wish Max Garcia was considering Tech.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 30th, 2012
8:52 am

I’d visit Hawaii, San Diego St., Miami, and the U of Paris. It don’t cost nuthin’. :)

HighTech

March 30th, 2012
8:56 am

Gorilla Biscuit…Paris, TX or Paris, TN?

bubba4dawgs

March 30th, 2012
9:01 am

What sense does it make for Garcia to go to USC (meaning the one on the West Coast) since his reason for leaving Maryland was to get close to home in Norcross, Ga. Hello, Lane Kiffin, are you listening?? Oh well, he’s not too bright anyway!!

correct

March 30th, 2012
9:06 am

@Lagdawg, he was implying that he would have gotten more if it was a longer trip because he recieves gas vouchers. It was a joke…WOW!!

Coach

March 30th, 2012
9:12 am

albert,why are all these BAMA fans on here? Because at uga they play (sometimes) football, at BAMA they live it! ROLL TIDE!

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 30th, 2012
9:13 am

1st of all he can’t play this season and next season UGA will have experienced depth on the OL with or without Garcia. Sounds like he really left Maryland because he wants to win. Thus he is looking at USC. I wouldn’t have let him out of his scholarship that easy. The school spent money recruiting him and training him – no loyalty in this world.

BigTimeTechFan

March 30th, 2012
9:15 am

He was average pretty good ACC linemen so he will dominate the SEC, would be nice pickup for UGA

smells of satan

March 30th, 2012
9:28 am

WET WILLIE If you would quit peeing in your pants and then your mom would quit calling you Wet Pants Willie. Thanks for calling me sir and saying I must be a typical Dawg fan. That is an honor and I accept your praise. just saying make it an even playing field and UGA would not be any worse than the other SEC teams. The Alabama players don’t fear saban because they know almost everyone smokes or takes dope in alabama and no punishment will be forthcoming. They have to be doped up to stand the smell of tuscaloosa and the fans and coaches. Oops, your feet are wet. That’s ok? I see – that is how you wash your feet. The tide is kinda salty between the toes and wet behind the ears. Ignorance is bliss in Alabama. Poor souls.

Stank Wren

March 30th, 2012
9:33 am

STOP refrencing Lame Kiffin. I just don’t understand the obsession with him. He coached in the SEC one year and destroyed the Tenn. program and this blog writes an article mentioning him once or twice a week. Enough is enough, I just don’t get it.

smells of satan

March 30th, 2012
9:34 am

What is a Big time tech fan? Someone who attends at least one game a year (probably the UGA game) and talks smack the rest of the time. All of the big time tech fans couldn’t fill up a HS gym. In reality a big time tech fan doesn’t exist. Just joking, I know there must be a few.

DawginLex

March 30th, 2012
9:34 am

Good luck to Max

OL recruiting is bad at UGA?

We have 17 OL on scholarship with 10 of them rotating with the 1st and 2nd units at practice.

John theus and Greg Pyke are not even there yet.

We have already started to see a change in Richt’s recruiting starting with the 2012 group-CHARACTER

Putting up with the weed smokers is wearing thin on this staff.

Look to see more Keith Marshalls and fewer Rambos in upcoming classes we sign

crazyCoCo

March 30th, 2012
9:48 am

blah blah blah.,,,its so funny how people whose teams have all these championships come on OUR blogs to sprew their rings……but we hardly EVER troll their blogs! Oh wait Im sorry I forgot yall dont have anything else to do in that big ole state of allybammer. Tee hee

We dont have any recent championships but we stay on yall minds daily!

No Dawg in this fight

March 30th, 2012
9:49 am

If his stated reason for leaving Maryland and the reason the release was granted was that he wanted to play closer to home, then he should be precluded from going to a school farther way (USC or Wisconsin). If not, then he lied to the people at Maryland.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 30th, 2012
9:50 am

He is smart enough to go to Maryland and he is Smart enough to know at UGa he will play cause he don’t smoke da weed.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

March 30th, 2012
9:52 am

Character and UGA football….oweeeeeeeee the Irony…….

Just too funny folks and I can’t stop laughing and that is sad on my part for it’s a mistake I know. The fact is Nick Saban is about to send home to Georgiee boys for good due to they can’t tow the line at Bama in addition a certain ESPN guys son will be taking his troubles elsewhere. When Nick suspends folks they don’t practice with the team and when their jersey number is assigned to another then the writing is clear.

I can’t believe anybody is surprised by these latest events. It’s fun to read the post blaming other schools for how they handle drug testing. I mean you guys are in complete denial for sure but whatelse is new around here. Don’t fret for you still have that one trophy to admire as does BYU!

Brownies……..Rambo…you can’t make this stuff up you know (as Johnny Cash said).

Gene

March 30th, 2012
9:58 am

Richt’s religion seems pretty thin when his desciples continue to beat up women, steal wallets from team members, and use illegal drugs with impunity.

FOREAL?

March 30th, 2012
10:16 am

Haven’t seen this kid in action but he must be pretty darn good. But most of them are before they get an infusion of bulldawg nation (puff n pass).

Duncan Hines Ward

March 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Ya’ gonna love my brownies.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Some of you fellers are high now.

P_The_Ricker

March 30th, 2012
10:29 am

Leave the kid alone. he was a small time recruit coming out of hs and now all of a sudden he’s a big fish that’s receiving contact from the big boys. let him enjoy it.

you’re lying to yourselves if you say you wouldn’t enjoy some of the attn he’s receiving!!!

P_The_Ricker

March 30th, 2012
10:35 am

DawginLex

March 30th, 2012
9:34 am

Who made you the moral police? Rambo is not a bad kid or of poor character. i’m not endorsing illegal usage of narcotics…..but come on! the kid is a leader on this team and returned for his sr season, while turning his back on instant glory of the nfl.

for you to say that richt is attempting to recruit kids of opposite character to rambo is wrong and states just how disconnected you are.