OT prepares for Clemson official visit

This talented offensive tackle prospect from the Peach State is taking his final official visit this weekend as he takes in Clemson's annual grudge match with Florida State.

Max Garcia, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound, three-star offensive lineman from Norcross, Ga., remains focused on Maryland, Vanderbilt and Clemson. All have offered.

Garcia, ranked as the No. 56 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, says he doesn't have a leader amongst those three.

He took his first official visit to Maryland on Sept. 12.

"I think they are a great academic school," Garcia said. "They have a really strong journalism/communications field and that's what I want to major in. They are in a good area for that major too. It's a good media school with lots of resources."

Garcia says he also likes his chances of playing early for the Terps.

"They need linemen," he said. "And said that I'd get to go in and compete.

"Overall, it was a great experience," Garcia said about his visit. "I liked meeting the players and we all got along great. I love the atmosphere there."

He also already took an official visit to Vanderbilt, which was on Oct. 18 for the Georgia game.

"I like the environment there," he said. "The fans are nice. The stadium isn't very big, but it still gets loud and the fans are loyal.

"They also have great academics," he said. "I got to meet a few journalism professors and talk to them about what to expect as a student, which was really cool."

Garcia will be taking his final official visit this coming weekend (Nov. 7) for Clemson for the Florida State game.

"Clemson is only about one and half hours away and that's nice because my family could see me play without a problem," he said.

He says he loves the environment at Clemson, especially Death Valley during game day.

"I went to the Middle Tennessee State game (on Sept. 5) earlier this year and it was ecstatic," he said. "I can't wait to see what it's gonna be like when they play Florida State. I bet it'll be crazy."

Garcia says he'll make his decision by the end of November.

"Obviously a good journalism school is important," he said. "But I also want to go where I can make an impact on the team."

He says he has a total of 16 scholarship offers, and says he didn't have a favorite program growing up.

Garcia says he can bench 320-pounds and squat 440.

"I guess I'm quick and can get to the linebackers," he said. "I have good hips and I'm very flexible.

"I want to grab better and stay on my blocks longer," he said. "Especially at the point of attack."

Garcia plans to major in journalism and reports a 3.3 core GPA and says he's qualified. "I took the SAT, but I don't remember the exact score," he said. "I'm not taking it again. I'm qualified."

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