Tigers make move on Peach state OL

This massive lineman from the Peach state thought last Friday was just another ordinary afternoon at track practice when one of his coaches called him over and said he had a phone call.

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 Alabama.

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.

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