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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