Max Garcia: OL transfer picks Florida over UGA, others

OL transfer Max Garcia said "Gator Nation" over UGA, others (Photo courtesy of Maryland)

OL transfer Max Garcia said "Gator Nation" over UGA, others (Photo courtesy of Maryland)

Maryland OL transfer Max Garcia committed to Florida over UGA, USC, Wisconsin and Ole Miss on Saturday.

“Gator Nation,” Garcia said in a text message to the AJC.

On Twitter, Garcia wrote, “Once a Terp always a Terp, but it is a great day to be a Florida Gator!! #GatorNation.”

The decision for Florida was a mild surprise for UGA fans because Garcia had listed the Bulldogs as the frontrunner – ahead of the Gators – at the beginning of the recruiting process.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Garcia started all 12 games as Maryland’s left offensive tackle last season but decided to transfer in order to play closer to his home. Garcia, who graduated from Norcross High School, was granted a release from Maryland in February and took visits to all five of his finalists over the last couple of months.

Garcia will have  to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility.

Nevertheless, for UGA, the Bulldogs are off to a fast start with its 2013 recruiting class with 15 early commitments.

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422 comments Add your comment

Bigdsel

April 21st, 2012
4:41 pm

Kandahar Afghanistan Dawg

April 21st, 2012
4:42 pm

It is what it is….. GO DAWGS!!

Bigdsel

April 21st, 2012
4:42 pm

sirluciouscp

April 21st, 2012
4:49 pm

Who cares about max garcia. Can we get some real recruiting info please.

Tdawg

April 21st, 2012
4:56 pm

Just curious. exactly how much closer to Garcia’s home is Gainesville than the school he just left? The excuse he gave Maryland school officials was that he wished to transfer to a school nearer his home, so his family and friends could attend his games. Something tells me Mr Garcia was being a llitle disingenuous in his reasoning for leaving Maryland. This is a free country, he can lie, I mean change his mind if he wants to and he obviously wanted to. Change his mind that is.

GtDawg

April 21st, 2012
4:56 pm

Welp………………

Joe

April 21st, 2012
4:59 pm

Prepare for 3 beatdowns in Jax, Max. Gators finally fired a dud coach, series will resume its rightful path of Dawg domination.

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:01 pm

Something seems wrong with this guys character if he says one thing and does another. Not sure why he was so unhappy at Maryland. Seems to be good player but just got a gut feeling about him that makes me think there is more to this story.

nh gamecock

April 21st, 2012
5:01 pm

lol ahhhh he wanted to be so close to home and pick the gators? wow he must see something we dont see hahha.. good lucj young man

Dirty Dawg

April 21st, 2012
5:02 pm

Now, now folks. It’s his decision where he wants to spend his last year of college…or how far he wants his friends and relatives to drive to see him play, which was, ostensibly, the reason why he left Manryland in the first place. If he were making this choice while he was a high school junior for a 2013 enrollment, you could chalk it up to his being young…but to do it now has to be blamed on ‘bad judgment’. Let’s see what kind of job he’ll do against Georgia’s front seven.

nh gamecock

April 21st, 2012
5:07 pm

DIrt I think the big reason he didnt want to play at Maryland, his new coach, and he wanted to play in the s.e.c.

P. Bull Terrier

April 21st, 2012
5:10 pm

I don’t blame Garcia for picking the Gators. Why try to compete with John Theus for playing time next year when he can just go to Florida and be an instant starter?

nh gamecock

April 21st, 2012
5:11 pm

P Bull lol we all know lol that UGA needs OL so why would you say that?????

AugustaDawg

April 21st, 2012
5:12 pm

Once a twerp always a twerp. We don’t need him. Plenty of OL this year available. Year of the Dawg baby! GATA

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:17 pm

I’m very surprised….pleasantly surprised……..but sorry bitter Dawg fans…..technically……Gainesville is about 200 miles closer to Atlanta than College Park is. So the kid committed to a school that IS closer to home…..HE DID! I know that this is a bitter pill for Dawg nation…..the Gators stealing one from your Dawgs…..but he is a Gator….and he is going to be a solid backup for the Gators…behind Green and Humphries at OT….in 2013. I hear he is going to play some OG….maybe even move to center as well. Go Gators. Muschamp is on a recruiting roll….second year in a row.

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:21 pm

P. Bull…..

Offensive tackles for the Gators in 2013:

Chaz Green, Chris Humphries, Matt Patchan, Max Garcia….and several others. That is a hell of a group of OTs for Florida in 2013. It will probably be the best group of OTs in the league in 2013. And the Gators are going to be just as solid in 2013 at OG and OC. Better think and post again.

P.S. The Gator OL is already a lot bigger and stronger than last year….and a lot better under the new OL coach. Garcia saw what the new S&C coach is doing…and also how much better the OL in being coached now. Therefore….he picked the Gators.

01HAWK

April 21st, 2012
5:21 pm

I figured he would go to Wisconsin where his former QB …………………O’Brien transferred. This is a surprise.

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:23 pm

Tampa gator….Muschamp is recruiting well….but now let’s see if he can coach. Had a stuff start last year

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:25 pm

Jury still out on Muschamp as head guy

Blue Jean Short Larry

April 21st, 2012
5:26 pm

Dawg domination LOL that’s a good one. Dream on rednecks!

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:27 pm

Smitty…

That second sentence has a “stuff” start as well. Believe me….Muschamp can coach…..and he also has assembled an excellent group of assistants as well…..and all of them can coach well….including a new OL coach who is already making a big difference…with the help of the S&C coach. And is Brissett and Driskell continue to get better over the summer….watch out for the Gators in 2012….and again in 2013….and 2014….and………

Cloud

April 21st, 2012
5:27 pm

Once obnoxious, always obnoxious: UGA fans

Chuck UGA

April 21st, 2012
5:28 pm

Is it really any surprise another Norcross High grad avoided UGA? Booster Club President there is a Alabama Booster Club member, and the coach isn’t exactly fond of UGA. Someone persuaded Garcia to NOT go to UGA.

DIT

April 21st, 2012
5:29 pm

Surprised! But congrats gators, you got yourself a good one.
To all the idiots saying stupid things about, “we did not need him.” etc… Such poor sports and whinny babies. Tip your hat. Stop saying such juvenile things. Despite what you say. UGA needed this young man. Wish him the best, except for that 1 day in October

Gainesvegas

April 21st, 2012
5:29 pm

UGA beats the gators last year and they think the tide has turned,,,,,, nope! Reality comes back to get ya next year. CHOMP!

Chuck UGA

April 21st, 2012
5:30 pm

Tampa Gator, Georgia had the top OL in the SEC in 1995. That got them a 6-6 finish. Better have significantly talented and numerous skill players, otherwise an OL doesn’t get you wins.

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:30 pm

Smitty…..

Yes, according to most Dawg fans….but not according to the Florida A.D and President. Big things are quickly being built in Gator Country…..by Muschamp and his coaches….and players.

kaput

April 21st, 2012
5:30 pm

Maryland is a dumpster fire right now, and his transfer likely had more to do with that than anything else.

He’s a good player, and UF is starting to add a bunch of quality linemen.

Chuck UGA

April 21st, 2012
5:31 pm

DIT, you and Gainesvegas know more about Georgia O-Line and rest of team than Georgia fans do. Yeah, right.

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:33 pm

Chuch UGA……M

Muschamp and Davis (the new OL coach) did. And the family of Gator players currently on the roster. And the Florida campus, which he loved. Yep….they did….and he is a happy member of Gator Nation now. Yeah boy!

Dawg x 2

April 21st, 2012
5:33 pm

The boy needs a geography lesson. Wisconsin and USC are a helluva lot farther than Maryland. I will say, though, UGA is having a terrible time trying to recruit offensive linemen. This is a serious football issue.

Will

April 21st, 2012
5:33 pm

Carvell, thanks for at least throwing in the last line.

I would have liked to have Garcia, as any time you can get an NCAA proven starting left tackle that is a nice pick up. However, he did have his drawbacks namely having to sit for an entire year, when UGA really needs help now. Regardless, I hope he stays healthy throughout his career and looks forward to getting dominated by CTG’s D for the next 3 years.

DIT

April 21st, 2012
5:37 pm

@Chuck USA
If you have been on these blogs long enough you would know that I’m a UGA grad. If you think that UGA did not need him then you sir are the one that is completely clueless about the O-Line. It’s whiners like you that make UGA look bad on blogs like these.

Destin Dawg

April 21st, 2012
5:38 pm

Will Friend where are you ???

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:38 pm

Also…Chuck UGA……

Florida already has added a skilled player in Pittman at WR. He enrolled early and he is looking very, very good. Big, strong, great hands, blocks, run routes…..skills. And Dunbar is getting stronger too….started as a freshmen last year. Reed at TE is an outstanding athlete with a lot of skills. Gillislee is a skilled down hill runner with skills catching the ball out of the backfield, as is Brown, Johnson, and Hines…and Matt Jones is on his way as well. And one of the top WR in the nation recently committed to the Gators as well. And Florida is bringing in the two top TEs in the country this summer in Thompson and Taylor. A lot of skill to play with the OL. And Driskett and Brissett…..are very young….but very skilled. So much depends on their play this year and next.

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:38 pm

Muschamp results talk more than hope. Actually I like him. He is an ex Dawg himself. He just needs to learn to be overall leader. Sometime that takes time. people are so impatient with coaches now.

Tampa Gator

April 21st, 2012
5:42 pm

Well….it is nice for the Gators to win a recruit from the Dawgs…..after losing two good ones last February.

DIT

April 21st, 2012
5:42 pm

Listen, there is nothing more I would enjoy more than beating the gators every year, but for the ones that think that UF will be down for a few years, you’re crazy! There is too much talent on that team. At saying that I like what I’m seeing in Athens and feel that we are getting much better as well. The SEC East will get back to playing solid ball again where you have 4 teams winning 10 plus games by 2013. Mark it down

Beast from the East

April 21st, 2012
5:43 pm

Pleasantly suprised by this decision. Thought he would surely go to UGA, but we certainly welcome the added depth in Gator Country.

Welcome to Gator Nation, Max…Go Gators!

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

Actually…The east needs Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina have good years and battle for division. It is good for the SEC and college football.

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:46 pm

Sorry forgot about Missouri. That is hard to say

nodawgs

April 21st, 2012
5:48 pm

Gators

April 21st, 2012
5:51 pm

First Muschamp chooses the Gators over UGA, and now Garcia does the same. Smart people.

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:51 pm

What do you other SEC fans think about the Texas A&M, Missouri adds? I’m OK but just hard to get used to. Kind of like stranger showing up at family reunion.

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
5:54 pm

We know who we don’t like in SEC, We just don’t know what their fans will be like or will it seem like a rivalry already.

Moobs Johnson

April 21st, 2012
5:57 pm

How bad is it in Athens when the kid bails even though the OL is in desperate need of bodies? Richt generally does well with recruiting but it is past time he realizes he needs the big uglies to be a legit threat.

krazydawg

April 21st, 2012
6:00 pm

I can remeber us beating the gaytards almost every year.Yall are crazy if you think you are going to have a chance in the next couple of years.The year of the gaytor is gone.He will be gone in a year and so will your coach.

59bulldawg

April 21st, 2012
6:01 pm

He’ll still wear a G in 2013 … when our D line tattoos it on his forehead and knocks him on his backside on the way to the QB he’s supposed to be protecting.

Mr. SEC

April 21st, 2012
6:02 pm

Said from the begining that this guy was full of BS! I guess Fla. is a hell of alot closer to his family than UGA? I guess that he is scarred of a few incoming Freshman that will walk on his screwed up ASS!

Smitty

April 21st, 2012
6:04 pm

Kids now day go where they will play early or they have a personal reason for going there. It is instant Gratification issue.