QB Stephen Garcia plans to visit Louisville

Quarterback Stephen Garcia of Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson High School has kept busy visiting a number of schools this spring and following a break to focus on spring practice, the 6'3, 212-pounder hopes to make a trip to the Derby City.

Entering his third as the starting quarterback at Tampa's Jefferson High School, Stephen Garcia has drawn the attention and scholarship offers of a number of the nation's top offensive programs.

Some of the schools that make up the more than a dozen offers include Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Ohio State, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

"I'm basically looking at their quarterback situations, the team and what they have coming back," said Garcia of the programs seeking his future services.

During his first two seasons as the starting quarterback, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Garica threw for 5,600 yards and 55 touchdowns. As a sophomore he helped guide his team to the state title game and earned Class 4A 2nd Team All-State following a strong junior campaign.

Like many of the nation's top prospects, Garcia spent his spring making unofficial visits, which has helped four programs grab the early advantage.

"I've been to South Florida, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Georgia," he said, adding that his top four hasn't changed since returning from a weekend trip that included Alabama and Ole Miss. "It's still the same - Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Ole Miss."

However despite the early list of favorites, Garica plans to take a look at two additional programs following his team's spring practice.

"I'm going to take a break for a little bit for practice so I'm not sure when, but I'm planning on visiting both Louisville and Ohio State," he said. "I'll probably know when in a couple more weeks."

A number of college coaches are taking advantage of the opportunity and stopping by his school to watch the standout quarterback practice.

"Alabama was here on the first day," said Garcia. "Urban Meyer was here [on Wednesday], as was Jim Leavitt. West Virginia and NC State were here [on Thursday]."

Garcia will attend upcoming Scout.com and Nike combines.

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