'Nacho' picks the Cards

Abraham Garcia made his first official visit to Louisville this weekend. On Monday, 'Nacho,' as he's known, called Charlie Strong and committed to play for the Cardinals.

Abraham Garcia made his first official visit to Louisville this weekend. On Monday, 'Nacho,' as he's known, called Charlie Strong and committed to play for the Cardinals.


Abraham Garcia is the biggest member of Charlie Strong's 2012 class.
"I had a very nice visit," Garcia told InsideTheVille.com Sunday after his visit. "I would say the visit exceeded my expectations. I liked the campus and the stadium. It was a really good visit. I felt comfortable being around the players and coaches. The visit gave me a better idea about what it would be like to play for Louisville."

Garcia, a 6'6, 340-pound offensive lineman from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is a monster addition to Louisville's recruiting class.

Louisville has struggled to establish a consistently dominating ground attack this season behind a rebuilt offensive line and one of Strong's major recruiting goals was shoring up the offensive front.

With Garcia, Scout.com's No. 34 offensive guard in the nation, in the fold, Strong now has five offensive line commitments for next season. Garcia joins three-star prospects DeAndre Herron (6'5, 325), Joe Manley (6'6, 315), Sid Anvoots (6'4, 280) and two-star prospect TC Klusman (6'4, 275).

An athletic player for his size, Garcia was considered one of Florida's top offensive linemen before an injury ended his junior season. Rated the No. 65 overall prospect in his state by SunStateFootball.com, Garcia had offers from USF, Florida, Marshall and others.

"Garcia is a player that could rank in the top 20," said Florida analyst Geoff Vogt. "Physically he has everything that you look for in a big-time offensive line prospect. He falls here because he missed his junior year (and a state title) with an injury and needs to prove that he is healthy and ready to go. Despite the injury, he is on a lot of high BCS schools radar and has nothing but upside remaining."

Garcia, born in the Bronx, played on the South Florida Express with UofL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Stay tuned for more on Nacho Garcia's commitment.


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