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SEC schools going hard after Terps transfer

Max Garcia AP

No, not that Terps transfer.

Along with quarterback Danny O’Brien and linebacker Mario Rowson, offensive lineman Max Garcia was given a very conditional release from his Maryland scholarship last week.  Like O’Brien, Garcia is laughably barred from transferring to Vanderbilt, but other schools in the SEC are free game and very much in the mix for the lineman’s services.

Garcia’s high school coach confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his former player is on the receiving end of scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Ole Miss.  Additionally, Alabama and South Carolina are considering doing the same for the Norcross, Ga., native.

It appears, though, that two schools are the early front-runners for the experienced lineman.

“He was very excited about Georgia and Florida both coming in on him,” Norcross High School assistant Reggie Stancil told the paper. “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.”

As Garcia has yet to graduate, he will have to sit out the 2012 season regardless of which SEC he ultimately chooses.  He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2013.

As a true sophomore in 2011, Garcia started all 12 games for the Terps at left tackle.

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9 Responses to “SEC schools going hard after Terps transfer”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 19, 2012 4:27 PM

    He has been a starter, lives pretty close to UGA, can sit a year and still have two more years to play, and he wants to be closer to home, or at least he might have just wanted to be away from Edsall. Whats not to like in the deal for an SEC team, especially Georgia?

  2. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 19, 2012 5:03 PM

    And with that some previously recruited SEC student athelete is being told to pack his bags and transfer to North Alabama where he will get playing time.

  3. jonkybon says: Feb 19, 2012 8:16 PM

    effjohntaylornorelation says:
    Feb 19, 2012 5:03 PM
    And with that some previously recruited SEC student athelete is being told to pack his bags and transfer to North Alabama where he will get playing time.

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    UGA is not SC and does not over recruit. In fact they have six more scholarships to offer this year. UGA signed 19 LOI’s of the 25 permitted by the SEC. UF signed 23 and has two available. Don’t let facts get in the way of your hate.

  4. beedubyatoo says: Feb 19, 2012 8:17 PM

    Or, if he really wants to play in a program where each year O-Lineman go to the NFL and start fairly quickly, he can go to Wisconsin. Three O-Linemaen from the UW 2011 class started in the NFL last fall. Carimi in Chicago, Moffitt in Seattle and Nagy in Dallas.

    .UW is one of the likely landing spots for O’Brien, also.

  5. mrslay1 says: Feb 19, 2012 9:33 PM

    He will be lucky to go to Georgia. Class program who always put one or two OL in the NFL every year. Of coarse they don’t have Fgs for coaches or administrators like some schools up north, and that is important for some young men. If he can get into the SEC and has what it takes, he will do well. He will be competing against the best DL men in college football every year.

  6. florida727 says: Feb 20, 2012 7:58 AM

    I’m sure he’ll lean toward UGA because it is close to home and yet he’d get all the recognition he needs to advance to the next level, but man, Florida NEEDS him. I hope he’ll at least give UF some serious consideration. Either way, best of luck, Max.

  7. thraiderskin says: Feb 20, 2012 11:55 AM

    who the hell picks on Vanderbilt?

  8. pjduffey says: Feb 20, 2012 12:35 PM

    Vanderbilt is very up and coming under coach Franklin. Take a look at their records under him and the few years prior. My prediction is that Vandy becomes something more than the perennial SEC whipping boy within the next couple of years.

    (Not a reason to pick on them, btw. I agree that the Vandy condition is asinine.)

  9. jonkybon says: Feb 20, 2012 4:35 PM

    pjduffey says:
    Feb 20, 2012 12:35 PM
    Vanderbilt is very up and coming under coach Franklin. Take a look at their records under him and the few years prior. My prediction is that Vandy becomes something more than the perennial SEC whipping boy within the next couple of years.

    (Not a reason to pick on them, btw. I agree that the Vandy condition is asinine.)
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    The Vandy condition is normal when a coach breaks his contract to accept the same position at another program. Franklin was Maryland’s coach and they weren’t happy he resigned. They also didn’t want Coach Franklin robbing the players he had previously recruited.

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