One of nation's top QB's visits Ole Miss

Stephen Garcia (QB, Tampa, FL) - One of the top quarterbacks in the country visited Alabama and Ole Miss this past weekend.

Did anyone accompany him on his visits?

"Both of my parents came with me," commented the 6' 3", 212 pound signal caller from Jefferson Senior, Stephen Garcia.

How long did he spend at each campus?

"We landed in Birmingham at 8:00 am on Friday and drove straight to Alabama. We left at 7:00 pm that night. We spent the whole Saturday at Ole Miss. We flew out at 8:30 pm Saturday night."

How did the Alabama visit go?

"It was awesome. I really enjoyed it. I got to spend a lot of time with Coaches Shula, Radar, and Unger, the coach who recruits me for them. We toured their facilities and stadium. They gave me a story about their tradition. I spent a lot of time with Coaches Unger and Shula in their meeting room when they were going over their offense. That was really cool."

What stood out the most about Garcia's Alabama visit?

"Probably getting to know their coaches. I thought that was awesome. I really got to know them a lot better."

And what about the Ole Miss visit?

"I spent a lot of time with Coaches Werner and Orgeron. I really like Coach Orgeron a lot. He is real intense. As soon as I met him, he gave me a big hug. That was really cool. I toured their facilities and campus. They have an awesome town, a real college feeling town."

What did he enjoy most during his Ole Miss visit?

"It would have to be their coaches again. They showed me a good time and really seemed interested in me."

Where does this put Alabama and Ole Miss in Garcia's pecking order?

"They are in my Top 4. Them two and Florida and South Carolina."

What stands out about Florida?

"I like their recruiting class and Coach Meyer. He is real cocky. I like that in a coach. Coach Meyer and Orgeron are both real cocky. That is why I like them so much. I also like Florida's offense a lot. They run the same offense that we do here."

What stands out about South Carolina?

"That was probably my favorite trip so far. I love Columbia. I got to hang out with their players a lot because that was the only trip I went on my own. They were real cool. We had a great time together."

Which colleges has Stephen visited?

"I have been to FSU, Florida, Central Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia, and South Carolina."

Where will Stephen visit next?

"I am pretty sure we have two visits lined up to Louisville and Ohio State next. I think those might be it."

Which colleges have now offered Garcia?

"The schools I mentioned (FSU, Florida, Central Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio State, Louisville) have offered, and Iowa State offered me a couple of days ago. Iowa, Kansas, Rutgers, Mississippi State, and I think Notre Dame has offered. I am not sure. That is about it."

When it comes decision time; what will be the main factors?

"Definitely the campus and town. That will play a major role. Also, the coaching stability. I want the coaches to be there until I graduate. Also, I will look at their location and climate. That will play a big role. And I will look at their talent. I do not see competition steering me away from a school, but I want their team to have some talent on it."

Garcia runs a 3.5 Core GPA.

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