Garcia Finds Terps Intriguing

2010 prospect Max Garcia tells TSR's Matt Birchenough the Terps have something he wants.

Maryland is still in the mix for Norcross High School (GA) offensive lineman Max Garcia.

The Terrapins are competing with Vanderbilt and Clemson for the 3-star lineman's services.

Garcia is looking for a school that has a great atmosphere, a lot of media exposure, and a proud football tradition. He says that his three top choices share all of these attributes.

However, Maryland stands out in at least one of these categories for Garcia. “I want to go to a school that has a lot of media around, because I would like to major in broadcast journalism,” he said. “Being in the Washington D.C. area, there is a lot of media around Maryland.”

Garcia, who will be visiting Maryland for their October 3 matchup against Clemson, has developed a good relationship with Maryland Offensive Line Coach Tom Bratton, his recruiting coordinator. “Coach Bratton and I see eye to eye. I've enjoyed talking to him,” he said.

The Maryland coaching staff has given Garcia input on his game. “They like how I get to the second level, to the linebackers,” said Garcia. He shares their belief that this quality is his greatest strength as a blocker. Garcia wants to continue to improve his run blocking and would also like to become a more vocal leader on the field.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman is also impressed with the tradition at Maryland and is intrigued by the possibility that he can make an impact early in his career.

Garcia enjoyed visits to his current leader, Vanderbilt, and Clemson.

“It has a great atmosphere,” Garcia said of Clemson. “They might need me, so I'll have a chance to play early there,” he added.

Vanderbilt offers Garcia an opportunity for a “great education” and the chance to join a “program on the rise.” “Vanderbilt is looking to start a new tradition with Coach (Bobby) Johnson,” he said.

Even as he goes through the recruiting process, Garcia remains focused on Norcross High's season. “We've had a tough start at 1-3. There were a few games we should have won,” said Garcia. “But we'll get on track,” he added.

Garcia has no time frame in place for his commitment. He said he would probably figure it out after he completes his official visits.

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