TSR Catches Up With Newest Terps Commit

TSR's Matt Birchenough caught up with Maryland's newest commit Max Garcia.

On a day when Maryland learned that they would be losing their best offensive lineman to the 2010 NFL draft, the Terps picked up a prospect that may be able to take his place.

Norcross (Ga.) offensive lineman Max Garcia committed to the Terps on Saturday, softening the blow dealt when starting tackle Bruce Campbell announced he would forgo his senior season.

Maryland beat out Clemson and Vanderbilt in landing the 6-foot-5-inch, 275-pound lineman.

Garcia was impressed with the school during his visit on October 3 for the Clemson game.

“I felt like I was at home,” said Garcia. “I felt comfortable there.”

Maryland's location was a key for Garcia, who liked the opportunities it presented.

“I want to major in broadcast journalism, and I think that being n between Baltimore and D.C. is going to give me the experience and location I need to get internships,” said Garcia.

During his recruitment, Garcia developed good relationships with the Maryland coaches. Head Coach Ralph Friedgen, Offensive Coordinator James Franklin, and Offensive Line Coach Tom Brattan visited Garcia a few weeks before the lineman made his decision. The coaches, especially Brattan, are very excited to welcome Garcia to the program.

“When I told Coach Brattan I committed, he started screaming and yelling over the phone,” said the Scout.com 3-star prospect. “He was really excited.”

Brattan was screaming and yelling about a player that may be able to contribute as a freshman.

“With Bruce Campbell entering the draft, I'm really fighting for that spot,” Garcia said. “I'm not saying I'm going to start, but I'm going to have to work hard if I want to do that. ”

Garcia is the third offensive lineman, but the only tackle, to commit to Maryland in the class of 2010 thus far.

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