"You won't find a better kid, Maloof said of Garcia. "He is just an unbelievable person and took the highest academic courses he could at Norcross High School. He was in the IB program. He went on to Maryland and went on to start in his first year and on into last year."
Maloof went on to praise Garcia for his character.
"Florida is getting a good player, but as good of a player that he is, he is a better kid," said the former coach of the star lineman. "He is one of those guys you will never have to worry about whether he is doing the right thing or not."
His versatility could be key on an offensive line that is lacking numbers and will graduate three seniors at the close of the 2012 season.
"He is very athletic to be as big as he is," Maloof said. "He will come in and sit out a yearas a transfer of course. Within a year he should be able to start at some position along the offensive line. I think he can play inside or out, or play defensive tackle if needed there. I know the prototype is a little different, but he can do a lot of things."
Maloof said the staff at Florida was very clear about their need along the line for a player like Garcia. Florida head coach Will Muschamp spear headed the recruitment.
"I know Coach Muschamp did a great job with him and really showed they needed him and wanted him," Maloof said. "I think that had a lot to do with it. He felt real comfortable with all the coaches there."