Garcia puts UGA high on his list

Max Garcia took part in Georgia's first 2009 Junior Day and he has no regrets. It took up his Saturday and kept him away from his friends on the weekend, but he got to see UGA and he liked what he saw.

"I got a real good view of the campus and what UGA was all about," said Max Garcia. "It started around 10:30am and it didn't end until around 6pm, so I was there for a while. It was great though and I really enjoyed the visit."

"The way Georgia stresses academics really stood out to me. It was a little surprising just how important academics are to them. They offer a lot of help and they really want their athletes to do well. It is also family like at Georgia. Everyone has great personalities and that was something else that caught my attention. All the personalities of the coaches were great."

The coach that recruits Garcia's area for Georgia is the same coach that coaches his position for the Dawgs. Stacy Searels is that man and the Norcross (GA) native spent some time with Searels on Saturday.

"When I talked to Coach Searels, we really didn't talk too much about football. We talked a lot about family, how I was doing in school, and things like that. He is definitely a coach I could play for and I get along with him really well. All of the coaches talked to me, but I spent the most time with Coach Searels. I like what had to say."

The interest in Georgia has always been there for the lineman that is close to 6-feet 5-inches tall and 260 pounds, but the interest really increased after Junior Day.

"I would have to say Georgia is number one for me right now and then Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, and South Carolina. I like Georgia a lot and I think they are going to recruit me hard. I know they are looking at me and I plan to stay in touch with Coach Searels."

Alabama offered Garcia first and South Carolina just offered him last week. Vanderbilt and Maryland both stopped by the school recently and offers could be on the way from those two and UCF could be on the verge of offering also.

Recruiting is just getting started for this junior OL and he is looking forward to going through the process.

In 2008, Garcia finished with 49 pancake blocks in 12 games.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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