Still in the Lead Group

Nacho Garcia is almost to the end of his road to recovery. With a string of campus visits planned, Garcia hopes to get back to Baton Rouge alongside one of LSU's current commitments.

After touring across the region last summer with his South Florida Express travel team, Nacho Garcia was primed for a big junior season on the gridiron.

Before the University School’s undefeated regular season got rolling, Garcia went down.

“I had a torn tendon in my foot, so I went ahead and had surgery right then,” he said. “I sat out the whole season because of it. I’m doing rehab all the time, and I’m almost back to full strength. I have been jogging and taking it slow. By the summer I might get involved with some working out, and I’ll definitely be 100-percent next August when football season starts.”

In the meantime, Garcia’s been focused on academics.

“I have had the extra time so I have been doing a lot of studying to keep my grades up,” he said. “I am getting ready to take the ACT. I just want to be sure everything is ready for me next year. Then all I will have to do is finish up my senior season and I’m off to college.”

LSU got in the mix when they offered last September, soon after the Tigers picked up a commitment from Florida’s Avery Johnson – one of Garcia’s closest friends.

“Avery has always been on me about LSU and where I’m looking when it comes to colleges,” said Garcia. “We had a South Florida Express practice last weekend and Avery was out there, and he was talking then.

“I am hoping we can both get over there for a practice or maybe the Spring Game in April. My last visit was a great one and I want to learn more. LSU is still one of my top teams. I am not rushing things, but I’m very interested.”

Garcia attended Junior Day at Miami and plans to make a trip to Florida State for their February gathering of 2012 prospects. From there, Garcia will see coaches come through Fort Lauderdale in the spring before he gets back on the road in the summer.

“I might not do a ton of camps, but I will go to a couple,” he said. “I have been hearing from Miami a lot and they want me to camp. I also have the offers from LSU and Florida, and both those schools stay in touch.” 

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