The Danny O'Brien situation was resolved in what, at least on the surface, was the best move for a quality quarterback with two seasons left. Now eyes turn to the next big fish to take off from Maryland thanks to coach Randy Edsall: Max Garcia.
Garcia, an offensive lineman who started last year at left tackle for the Terrapins, is a quality body who will help the school that wins his services.
Garcia is not the "man mountain" at the left tackle spot that we've seen guys like Mike Adams be described as. He's a lean body at 6'4", 290 lbs, but he can move and he works in a very effective manner. He has good feet, good hands, good hips and, like former teammate Danny O'Brien, a good knowledge base thanks to Ralph Friedgen.
For those of you who don't realize this, Ralph Friedgen is a heck of an offensive mind and a stellar coach. He is not the world's greatest recruiter, but when it comes to quarterback teaching and offensive line methodology, there are not very many better than The Fridge. So with that base, Garcia is looking at where he will spend the next two to three seasons of his college football career.
Unlike Danny O'Brien, Garcia must sit out the 2012 season due to the NCAA's transfer policy. That means the big kid, who played a couple games as a freshman due to injury and in reserve duty, will redshirt this season before contributing.
Someone is going to get a very good football player and, unlike Danny O'Brien, there is no rush to get him ready to play for the 2012 season. O'Brien will be the big impact guy from the Terps transfers because of the immediacy of his role at Wisconsin. That said, Garcia is going to be ready to play in a big role of his own come 2013. He gets a year of working on the scout team, while sitting in offensive line meetings and adjusting to the culture of his new location.
The kid from Norcross, Georgia has a big decision to make. He made his choice to leave his home state for College Park based upon his relationship with the coaching staff. Expect him to do the same in finding where he should land in this round of recruiting. That relationship is likely more important this time around, after what Garcia and the rest of Maryland's players went through with Randy Edsall.
For a kid with a list of schools like Georgia, Wisconsin, Florida, Ole Miss and Southern Cal vying for his services, the choice will not be easy. After a recent visit to Georgia, Garcia expressed his enjoyment by rating the trip to Athens a 9 out of 10 (via AJC). He's already been to Ole Miss and he has Florida coming up soon.
In looking at the short term, and the proximity to his Norcross roots, Georgia looks like a great fit. The Dawgs have a team with a quarterback who will be a senior for Garcia's first season. Some talent in the backfield and an offense that should really be going in 2013. On defense there will be a 2013 rebuild, but the team sure looks appetizing on the offensive side of the ball.
We'll keep you updated on his decision and where he is headed on his visits. This kid is definitely going to be a good fit for someone out there. Another blow to Randy Edsall and Maryland's talent pool will be a victory for a quality football team.
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