Max Garcia: UGA target “close” to making decision

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Max Garcia, one of the nation’s most heavily-recruited football transfers, told the AJC that this weekend’s visit to Wisconsin will be his last trip, and he’ll announce his college choice within the next couple of weeks.

“It will be before May,” Garcia said.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman has Wisconsin among his five finalists, which also include UGA, Florida, Ole Miss and USC. He has taken recruiting trips to all five. UGA was once listed by Garcia as his frontrunner, but now he claims no favorites. However, the Bulldogs are still considered the school to beat because of the close proximity to Garcia’s family in the Atlanta area. Garcia ranked his official visit to UGA “between a 9 and 10.”

OL transfer Max Garcia (UM)

OL transfer Max Garcia (UM)

Garcia was granted permission to transfer from Maryland earlier this spring because he wanted to play closer to home. Garcia started all 12 games at left tackle for the Terrapins last season. He will have to sit out next season, per NCAA transfer rules, then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Quarterback Danny O’Brien, who played with Garcia at Maryland, announced a couple of weeks ago that he is transferring to Wisconsin.

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83 comments Add your comment

CAB

April 14th, 2012
1:40 am

Adds

April 14th, 2012
1:42 am

Grant

April 14th, 2012
1:57 am

We are all up too late. Lets gets some sleep. Go dawgs

kingdaddy

April 14th, 2012
2:40 am

I don’t have to be up till 5:00. Football time in Georgia…

Real Problem

April 14th, 2012
4:04 am

Need him bad, real bad.

bucket

April 14th, 2012
6:13 am

Here’s hoping that Max becomes a Dawg real soon!

59bulldawg

April 14th, 2012
6:22 am

Wisconsin and USC? I thought this kid wanted to get closer to home.

Shawn

April 14th, 2012
6:55 am

I got a feeling he is not going to UGA. Why else would he be taking so long and visiting so many other schools? If he was a “lock,” he’d have already signed. Oh well, Go Dawgs either way!

TennesseeDawg

April 14th, 2012
7:36 am

Go to Wisconsin or USC, Max. You’ll be closer to home than Maryland.

Destin Dawg

April 14th, 2012
7:40 am

Come on Max… we have a great class coming in.. need Oline… we call ‘em Big Lovelies not Uglies… Go Dawgs !!!

Moobs Johnson

April 14th, 2012
7:44 am

He’ll fit right in at Athens with all of the other intellectual powerhouses if he thinks USC and WI are closer to his home than Maryland. It’s funny he has to run to the SEC after he couldn’t handle the ACC.

Paddy

April 14th, 2012
7:54 am

Tell me how this works; The ACC/NCAA/U.Md grants Garcia his request to be released from his scholly to play closer to his home and family. What happens if if does go to USC to play? Is there any fallback position for Md. if the players intent was not honorable? It may be obvious to everyone but me, that I may not have the whole story here. If you cry hardship and there is none, what happens?

Dap01

April 14th, 2012
7:56 am

The reason for leaving to be close to home is weak. He is traveling all across the country to visit.

Go to UGA and be a home state Dawg.

Beast from the East

April 14th, 2012
8:18 am

Sounds like he needs to take a remedial course in geography…or just look at a map.

RedandBlackDawg

April 14th, 2012
8:21 am

He did what approximately 20 other Maryland players did. He did it diplomatically but it all adds up to the same thing. Get away from Edsal. Can’t say as I blame him, but he could have gotten a release without fabricating his “Closer to Home” excuse, and been honest. He would have been granted a release, just like their starting QB was. If he wanted to be closer to home, he would have already transferred to UGA. I hope he is not kidding himself, into thinking that the NFL doesn’t take some character issues into consideration when they draft a guy. He may still end up at UGA, but he knows as well as everybody else knows, that his reason doesn’t hold water.

GO DAWGS and GATA

Bigdsel

April 14th, 2012
8:31 am

Maybe he just wants to get some free trips while he is making a decision

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 14th, 2012
8:41 am

Why in the world did he select Maryland? There is the story and he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer…then again UGA…1980…enjoy G-Day and your 35k fans. Not bad for a b+ level program. Got to get ready to go to T-Town for the real show and the normal 90K. You dawg fans talk a great game but we live it at the U of A.

Tampa Gator

April 14th, 2012
8:50 am

WIsconsin? USC? The kid obviously never passed geography in middle school…..because teams in the upper north and far west are further from home (Atlanta) than Maryland. Max….just say….”I’m going to Georiga” and cut out this nonsense.

Tampa Gator

April 14th, 2012
9:16 am

Wet WIllie……

Here are the top 10 entertainment options for people in Alabama, in order of importance?

1. Going fishing for catfish to secure tonight’s dinner (5 million Alabamians today)
2. Going squirrel hunting to secure tommorrows breakfast and lunch (2.5 million Alabamians today)
3. Squirting milk from a cow (1.5 Alabamians, most under the age of 15, having lots of fun today)
4. Hanging out on the couch, drinking Bud, and watching pre-race qualifications on Fox all day (1 million Alabamians today)
5. Learning how to start a tractor (500,000 million Alabamians today)
6. Learning how to turn on a tractor (250,000, because 250,000 could not complete option #5)
7. Sitting on the front porch and wondering when someone will come by and mow the yard (225,000 Alabamians)
8. Spending the day running away from their brothers and uncles because they do not want to play doctor (200,000 female Alabamians)
9. Spending the day with their brothers and uncles in the farm shed because they want to learn how to be a doctor (100,000 female, many under the age of 15, Alabamians)
……..(drum roll)
10. Everyone else left in Alabama that thinks all of the above options are stupid, a waste of time, and down right wrong………(the 90,000 Alabamians who go to the Alabama spring game)

Destin Dawg

April 14th, 2012
9:23 am

Wet Willie….. Richt is 2 for 3 vs. Saban in the SEC…

1eyedJack

April 14th, 2012
9:24 am

Alabamans think Nick Saban is a god and when they die they’re going to Tuscaloosa.

GDawg

April 14th, 2012
9:25 am

For everyone on here saying he wants to be closer to home in Maryland, he is not from Maryland he played for Maryland he said he wanted to be closer to home in Georgia.

Game Changer

April 14th, 2012
9:35 am

Mixed emotions on Max: yes good if he commits to GA but he was a lock three months ago for GA. Now 90 days later this, enough already, should of commited 3 months ago if he really wanted to play for GA and be closer to home, I this point no one should really care what he does.

Dawg in Vegas

April 14th, 2012
9:36 am

TampaGator that is hilarious!ha ha ha ha

Terry

April 14th, 2012
9:36 am

Wet Willie…keep on smiling, and his brethren, think winning in college football, makes their life living in the trailer park, in that stink hole call Alabama, all worth while. LOL

The elf

April 14th, 2012
9:45 am

@ Wet Willy
Is it true that you and Harvey Updyke are sitting next to each other at the game, watch out buddy he might think you are a tree. @

bucket

April 14th, 2012
9:47 am

Props to Tampa Gator! That list was hilarious!

bucket

April 14th, 2012
9:48 am

I hope they don’t have a Krystal close to the stadium @ Tuscaloosa. We know what Bama fans like to do there!

tide roll

April 14th, 2012
9:49 am

Now that’s more like it. Grab Garcia and 6 more just like him. That’s what your FORMER offensive line coach did at Texas. 6 four star OL(s). Y’all let that guy go and bring in Friend from UAB!? They were terrible under he and Calloway. Was Friend considered by Mack Brown for the Texas position when it came open? Not no, but Hell No! Richt based his decision on the guy being a friend of Booboo’s! What a program. You keep Joe T and his assistant goes to the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES! You think Joe T. was considered for the opening with the Eagles? Not just No, but Hell No! Your retaining the wrong people, and letting the wrong people go! Brilliant Richt. What a funny football program.

Bama Fan#2

April 14th, 2012
9:51 am

UGA fans and cow college fans can
make fun of the state of Alabama but you can
not deny Alabama is the BEST college football
program in the USA!!!!!!!!! RTR

1eyedJack

April 14th, 2012
10:09 am

Bama Fan#2, if I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

While I can begrudgingly agree that your team has been the best over the course of the little dictators regime, to say that you are the best college football program in the USA is stretching it to fish story dimensions. You don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, you don’t tell them where they know the fish.

Aren’t you guys one of the most penalized programs in history?

Dawg Whisperer

April 14th, 2012
10:13 am

I’m hopping on the Ride Toll (Free) lane today. It is always a pleasant experience to ignore Tide Roll’s comments. Try it, you’ll like it.

bucket

April 14th, 2012
10:16 am

Ok, Bama Fan #2 – I will admit that Alabama is the best college football program in the USA that didn’t win their conference last year. Happy now?

2 national titles in 3 years

April 14th, 2012
10:26 am

Tampa gator,

Sounds like some resentment over the fact that we take our football seriously while yours is in turmoil and you have the inmates running the asylum down in Gainesville.

tide roll

April 14th, 2012
10:30 am

Bill Stanfill

April 14th, 2012
10:31 am

Is it true that they don’t have newspapers over in Alabama? I’ve also heard that they don’t have cities over there.

1eyedJack

April 14th, 2012
10:39 am

“I’ve also heard that they don’t have cities over there.”

They had one once. Two houses. One Alabama fan built his house out of straw and another built his out of sticks. A big wind came up and huffed, and puffed, and blew the town down.

Ghost

April 14th, 2012
10:48 am

Tide Roll Searles was horribly overrated, and did a very poor job at Georgia.Richt made no offer to keep him in Athens because he wasn’t doing his job. Friend was hired under the recommendation of former O line coach Calloway, had nothing to do with being friends with Bobo . Why don’t you change your name to tech roll and quit hiding behind the Bama moniker

mark

April 14th, 2012
11:14 am

Don’t bother responding to these idiotic bama fans on our boards gentlemen. The cannot help that computer technology has not been brought to alabama yet, hence they don’t have their own blogs to comment on. The good news for bama? Great new moving picture called Star Wars is hitting the theater this weekend, so hitch up the wagon and head into town to catch it!

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

April 14th, 2012
11:26 am

Destin Dawg
April 14th, 2012
9:23 am

Wet Willie….. Richt is 2 for 3 vs. Saban in the SEC…

Math is not your strong suit or you mistype that….

2003 Sat, Sept 20 #2 LSU w17-10…Saban 1-0 Richt
2003 Sat, Dec 6 #2 LSU w34-13…Saban 2-0 Richt
2004 Sat, Oct 2 LSU L16-45…Saban 2-1 Richt
2007 Sat, Sept 22 BamaL23-26…Saban 2-2 Richt
2008 Sat, Sept 27#8 Bamaw41-30…Saban 3-2 Richt

Tampa Gator

April 14th, 2012
11:35 am

Make that 89,999 somewhat educated Bama fans at the spring game…….I just learned one came to the game with the key that was needed for the “how to turn on a tractor” demonstation. He had to leave. Last seen trying to figure out how to start his tractor in the Bama parkting lot.

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 14th, 2012
11:37 am

Looks like Garcia “played” Maryland. Wisconsin and USC are closer to home? Basically he just wanted to go where he could be on a winner. Closer to home had little to do with it.

BamaGuy

April 14th, 2012
11:42 am

Saban is 3-0 in BCS championships….Richt? Well, there is all ways next year or the next or the next…you get the point…

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

April 14th, 2012
11:42 am

Maryland is in trouble. Max was not the Only kid to leave after the Firing of Friedgen and hiring of Edsel. Players didn’t like the change and should be able to leave for ANY reason. He just said closer to home.

BamaGuy

April 14th, 2012
11:44 am

The reason Georgia has so few fans at there G-Day game is because they are all still sleeping from smoking that weed with their parents last night.

BamaGuy

April 14th, 2012
11:47 am

Destin Dawg
April 14th, 2012
9:23 am

Wet Willie….. Richt is 2 for 3 vs. Saban in the SEC…

Math is not your strong suit or you mistype that….

2003 Sat, Sept 20 #2 LSU w17-10…Saban 1-0 Richt
2003 Sat, Dec 6 #2 LSU w34-13…Saban 2-0 Richt
2004 Sat, Oct 2 LSU L16-45…Saban 2-1 Richt
2007 Sat, Sept 22 BamaL23-26…Saban 2-2 Richt
2008 Sat, Sept 27#8 Bamaw41-30…Saban 3-2 Richt

Destin…..you there?

Paddy

April 14th, 2012
11:47 am

GDAWG……..I read the posts. Don’t believe anyone said his home was in Md! Where did you read that? Maybe I missed it!

Paddy

April 14th, 2012
11:50 am

Didn’t realize that 20 players have left the Md. program. Way to hold it together coach. Do you think there might be second thoughts about letting Ralph go?

DustDAWGS

April 14th, 2012
11:50 am

BamaGuy can just go suck it the only reason bama wins alot is there easy schedule to start off the season every yr the first 3 games are tune up games!!!! suck it

BamaGuy

April 14th, 2012
11:54 am

Tampa Gator

I would try to just blend in around here after being thrashed by Bama and just about every other SEC school around…maybe talk about Castro or something? Or remember the glory days of Tim Tebow backs en you were favored by the lord.