While I was down in Sanger for their home game against Clovis East, one player stood out to me and could very well be the Apache’s hidden gem. Standing tall at 6-foot-1 213-lbs is inside linebacker Miguel Garcia. A very fiery and passionate player.
While Sanger was on defense I always found myself keying in on Garcia. The one thing that was very apparent was that he can flat out play. With his ability to recognize plays and a nose for the ball. Garcia is the player to watch for on defense. He’s consistently one of the first players to the ball carrier.
Garcia is quickly emerging as the leader of the defense if not the heart and sole of it. Yet with all the passion and talent that he has, he seems to be flying under the recruiting radar. Because of this he would make a strong case for being the Sanger Apache’s hidden Gem. Though Garcia has managed to gain interest from schools such as, UC Davis, Azusa Pacific, Northern Colorado, and Sacramento State, he has yet to gain much traction from division I schools. Not even from local University Fresno State who has had success with former Sanger players like Nikko Motta.
The lack of interest hasn’t slowed down the senior linebacker. He continues to work hard with one goal in mind, to win as many games as he can and possibly to win a championship with his fellow teammates that he considers as part of his family.
Final thoughts: Garcia has all the tools and passion needed to succeed at the next level. He’s got great awareness and vision necessary to be a very productive player that would make any coach very happy. He’s not afraid to make a hit and is a very good tackler. So the question is whether or not a division I program will take a considerable interest in him and make an offer. If Garcia continues to play the way he’s been playing, it should only be a matter of time before he gets the attention he’s looking for.
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