By the end of this weekend, former Maryland offensive tackle Max Garcia will have taken visits to all five of the finalists on his transfer to-do list.
And, before the calendar flips from this month to the next, the highly shout after lineman should know where he will play college football in 2012.
Garcia confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late this past week that he will be taking an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend. The trip to Madison will serve as the fifth of his five visits, having already toured Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and USC (the West Coast version, not the SEC one).
Once the visit with the badgers is completed, Garcia told the Journal-Constitution that “[i]t’ll be before May” when he comes to a final decision on his next collegiate home.
Because of where he grew up — Norcross, Ga. — UGA and Florida are widely viewed as the front-runners for the experienced lineman. However, with quarterback and former Terps teammate Danny O’Brien‘s recent decision to transfer to UW, the Badgers are considered a serious option for Garcia. Officially, Garcia has backed off a previous stance stating that the Bulldogs and Gators are his preferred choices, stating now that there are no favorites.
Garcia 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.