On the phone was Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier, who offered 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle Max Garcia from Norcross, Ga., a scholarship.
It was an offer Garcia was not expecting.
"I did not see it coming," the rising senior said Monday. "He said they
watched my film and he liked the way I played. He thought I played well so
they were going to offer me a scholarship to Clemson."
Before Friday, Garcia had not seen a Clemson coach or talked to one since
last spring when a member of the old coaching staff came and watched
Norcross High School's spring game. The only communication he had with the
Tigers since has been through some letters that had come in the mail.
"I'm just really getting to know more about Clemson University," he said.
"I'm looking them up as I speak and seeing how the academics and stuff are
and things like that."
Garcia expects he will start building a stronger relationship with Napier
and the rest of the Clemson coaching staff now that an offer has been put
on the table. He said he plans to visit Clemson this summer after spring
practice is complete at Norcross.
Clemson, who is recruiting Garcia as an offensive tackle, is one of seven
schools that have now offered the Peach State lineman. He also has offers
from Michigan State, N.C. State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and
Garcia says he has no current favorite.
"I'm just trying to get to know Clemson more and it has a chance right now
because my top five is getting changed every other day," he said.
"Everybody has a chance right now."
Garcia is familiar with Clemson and has watched the Tigers play a couple
of times on television, but other than that he knows very little about the
football program. He and Clemson are now trying to change that.
"I was not heavily interested in them, but that definitely has changed. I
can now start getting to know them more," he said.
Garcia has already visited South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Georgia, where
he is getting some interest from as well. Georgia Tech is also showing
interest. He may also visit Michigan State this summer where his girl
friend has committed to play softball next year.
Tigers make move on Peach state OL
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