It’s still early, but Abraham Garcia – referred to as Nacho by those that know the mammoth offensive tackle best – should be one of the top overall players in the state of Florida when the 2012 rankings are released.
Last week, the staff phoned University School of Nova South head coach Roger Harriott with the news that – despite not having worked Garcia out at camp, a rarity in the recruitment of offensive linemen – they were ready to offer Garcia a scholarship.
“They sent a text to coach Harriott, and he forward the message over to me,” Garcia said. “We got together and called up to the LSU office, and that’s when they offered me. I was very excited because that was the first offer from my top five, and LSU being my favorite team made it even better.”
Though contact from coaches to prospective student-athletes is limited between the summer and early fall, the Fort Lauderdale standout called his most recent conversation one of many to come.
“None of the coaches pressed me to commit or anything, and I liked that since it was just our first real talk,” Garcia said. “I think that was mainly because they know that I have been talking to Avery, and he is selling the program really hard.
“It doesn’t matter how they approach things though, because I like the school and already have an offer. I enjoyed the time I got to spend there this summer, so I already know that it would be a nice place to play.”
Garcia named LSU his frontrunner shortly after Johnson committed to the Tigers a few weeks back. With an offer now in hand, Garcia’s tone has turned even more confident.
“Ever since Avery showed me around, I have liked it,” he said. “Everything he said just made the place seem more suitable for me to go there. I know I would be in a good area. I’m waiting for a few more offers to roll in so I can have a chance to see some other colleges, but I have my eyes set on where I want to be.”
With offers from Florida, Marshall, South Florida and LSU, Garcia will soon focus on taking unofficial visits. With Johnson and his family headed to Baton Rouge to watch older brother Patrick Peterson, Garcia has already looked into tagging along.
“I am going to try and go up for a game or two with Avery, we just haven’t decided for sure on when it would be,” Garcia said. “I’ve seen Tiger Stadium empty, and now I’m ready to see it filled up.”