Maryland commit Max Garcia is getting a feel for the college football experience months before the 2010 season is set to start.
"I'm taking one class right now, doing the workouts and all that," said Garcia. "I'm still not getting the full experience yet because it's still summer time, but definitely being here is just great."
In December, Maryland scored a big victory in recruiting when they reached down into Georgia and scooped up the offensive tackle. During his National Signing Day press conference, Terps' Head Coach Ralph Friedgen called Garcia the most difficult pickup of the 2010 recruiting class.
While in College Park, the offensive lineman has been working on strength and conditioning and has gotten to know some of his teammates.
"Everyday after workouts, we all just stay back and do some technique stuff," he said. "I'll work with the older guys and they really welcome me, and they want to get me on the right foot so they stay with me and just get me that little extra work in."
Garcia hopes that his work in the classroom and weight room this summer will go a long way towards establishing some of his goals for the year.
"The first thing they really stress up here is getting grades right," said Garcia. "So that's what I really want to do right now. With taking these summer courses, I just really am trying to get an A.
"As far as football goes, I'm definitely going to try to get some playing time this year," he added. "They've got a couple guys ahead of me right now. It's going to have to be a battle. But I'm just working really hard right now. I set a goal to just work harder than everybody."
Garcia hopes that hard work will pay off in helping him reaching his potential and meet his expectations at Maryland and beyond.
"I got a lot of high expectations from myself and from my family," said the offensive tackle. "They expect a lot out of me, so I just want to produce a lot and definitely make it to the next level. I mean that's ultimately my highest goal, but definitely get out of here with a degree. I'll be fine with that also."
But before thinking about the next level, Garcia has an important goal that he would like to meet as a Terp.
"Just win some championships," he said. "I know we'll be able to do it with the guys that we've got coming. We're laying down the foundation. I know we'll be able to get a couple before I get out of here."
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