Tigers, Terps battling for OT

Although it's rare for Clemson and Maryland to battle it out recruiting, Norcross, Ga. prospect Max Garcia has been mulling between the two schools for a while now.

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He made his first trip to College Park on Saturday and saw the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division foes duke it out.

The Scout.com three-star rated prospect is listed as the No. 56 rated offensive tackle prospect in the 2010 class. He's had a final three of Clemson, Maryland and Vanderbilt since first informing CUTigers of the final three back in August.

Although Garcia named Vanderbilt his leader shortly after he named the three to his final group, there's been a shift at the top. The Terrapins are now the team to beat after seeing Maryland upset Clemson 24-21.

But it wasn't the score that swayed Maryland to the top.

"I had a great time. It really caught my eye and it interests me more in Maryland," he said of the visit. "I met the guys there, so now I've seen who's going to be there and not going to be there and what kind of guys I'm going to be around.

"It was a good experience overall and my mother liked it as well."

The potential to be in the thick of a large media market is appealing to Garcia because of what he wants to do after football. He's considering majoring in journalism and being near cities like Baltimore and Washington D.C. could be too appealing for him to turn down.

"You're getting the best with Maryland in that field. That's really what interested me about Maryland in the first place—the location," he said. "Just being in a big, metropolitan area is what appeals to me. They're surrounded by media there."

Maryland's slot at the top isn't set in stone yet. Things could change after Garcia takes an official visits to Vanderbilt and Clemson sometime in November or December. He'll commit after taking officials to all three schools.

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