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Another ex-Terp eyeing Badgers; USC in play as well

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Danny O’Brien confirmed earlier this week that he would continue his collegiate playing career at Wisconsin this season, a move that came a handful of weeks after deciding to transfer from Maryland.

As it turns out, his blindside protector in 2011 could be joining him in Madison in 2012 as well.  Maybe.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Terps offensive tackle Max Garcia has four of his five “finalists” locked in — Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and USC (the West Coast school, not the East Coast one).  Garcia has either visited two of those schools — UGA, Ole Miss — this month and will visit the other two in the coming days.

For the fifth of his five allotted official visits, the Journal-Constitution reports, Garcia is deciding between Clemson, Vanderbilt and, yes, Wisconsin.

While Terps head coach Randy Edsall said the reasoning behind Garcia’s desire to transfer was he was homesick and wanted to play closer to home — he hails from Norcross, GA — it appears the lineman is more than willing to consider schools further north or much further west.  Perhaps most importantly, he has mom’s blessing to consider the Badgers and Trojans.

“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 told the paper.

“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.”

It’s long been thought that Georgia was the front-runner for his services, with Florida running a close second as well.  Then again, it was thought Vanderbilt, and then Penn State, were virtual locks for O’Brien before the quarterback ultimately surprised some with his choice of the Badgers.

Garcia, who hopes to have a decision made before the end of April, started 12 games at left tackle for the Terps in 2011, and would have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012 season.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

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7 Responses to “Another ex-Terp eyeing Badgers; USC in play as well”
  1. fnc111 says: Mar 31, 2012 5:23 PM

    Maryland can always play 7-on-7 high school football in Montana this season.

  2. beedubyatoo says: Mar 31, 2012 7:49 PM

    If his ultimate goal is to play in the NFL, he’ll choose the Badgers. In 2011, 3 Badger linemen drafted, all 3 started first year, (Carimi in Chicago, Moffit in Seattle and Nagy in Dallas). This year, Konz top Center in draft, Zeitler top 5 guard.

    On Wisconsin.

  3. uscatjerseyshore says: Apr 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    If his ultimate goal is to play in the NFL he’d be equally well served by choosing USC over Wisconsin or any of the other teams mentioned. USC has ten current 10 OL’s playing in the NFL and more NFL players than any other school. While the 3 Wisconsin players drafted in 2011 were all installed as linemen, they only played a total of 15 games between them. The other advantage of USC over the other schools would be the chance to play for the 2012 season National Championship team.

  4. greenytheterp says: Apr 1, 2012 10:04 AM

    I find it weak that he claimed the transfer was because he was homesick and now he is looking at these other schools farther away than Maryland. At least be upfront about why you are leaving rather than pull a charade like this. Having said that, I do wish him all the best. He is a good player and a good person.

  5. watermelon1 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:17 AM

    Still disagree with these students having to sit out a year just because their athletic director decided to fire the best coach they’ve had in a long time. The coach that recruited them. These kids should be able to play football immediately, and not be set an entire year back in they college experience.

  6. greenytheterp says: Apr 1, 2012 10:26 AM

    I agree with you Watermelon. The kids pick a program mainly because of the coach rather than the school.

  7. tobeexact says: Apr 1, 2012 11:19 AM

    I definitely agree that the trojans are going to be in the hunt when it comes to teams that will have a shot this year at a national championship . What gets me is the danny obrian deal and him choosing wisconsin.
    The kid talked about only playing for a pro style offense and was only looking at schools that ran it. Well everyone one knows that wisconsin does not run a pro style offense.
    Then you have the qoute by cry baby beliema , and other names I wont mention on here ,stating I only offered him the chance to compete . Ya like anyone will buy that one.
    Then the fan posts that he made the right choice,i personally disagree ,it was also said that the uncertainty at psu and its quarter back mess helped him with the choice, again I disagree. If he is half as good as anyone thinks he is then psu would have been a lock . First they really dont have a qb or at least a good one, second he would be playing in what should be a pass happy offense under bob, verses a run heavy offense at wisconsin. So its obvious that bret promised him the starting job as he did russel last year and that bob probably said you still have to compete , holding true to what he told every single player .
    But again ,if he is all that ,it wouldnt be that difficult to beat out the likes of mcgloin and definitely bolden.
    So I see the same thing with the ol picking wisc, which never has a shortage of ol in the fold and I will predict if he picks wisc. He will never see a starting job.

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