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February 20, 2012

Report: Auburn courting Maryland transfer Max Garcia

Auburn’s efforts to improve its depth on the offensive line appear to still be a work in progress despite the six offensive lineman signed in the 2012 class. Former Maryland offensive lineman Max Garcia has been offered a scholarship by Auburn, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday.

Garcia, a 6-4, 310-pounder who has garnered some attention from NFL scouts in his two years at Maryland, is a target for a host of SEC schools including Georgia, Florida and Ole Miss. Auburn, Georgia and Florida — three teams that are looking to fill offensive line holes — also locked horns in a recruiting battle for five-star offensive tackle Avery Young, a battle Auburn won on national signing day.

“I just felt like it would be better for me and my family if I would be a little bit closer than 10 hours away from home,” Garcia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Garcia, a Norcross High School product who reportedly wanted to move closer to home, cannot transfer to any of the current ACC opponents, future ACC teams Pittsburgh and Syracuse, and several other schools, according to the Washington Post.

He’s also part of a mass exodus from Maryland. The Washington Post reported that 12 Terrapins with eligibility remaining have left the program since the end of the season.

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  1. UGA is MUCH cloer than Auburn to home. Auburn does need all the help they can get but so does UGA on the OL. UGA will be playing for SEC Championships the next 5 years so those 2 things might be a clincher for UGA. But you never know.

    Comment by Columbus — February 21, 2012 @ 2:03 am

  2. Is there some circumstance or reason why this guy won’t have to sit out a year before he can see the field?

    The mass exodus from Maryland makes me think there might be something there.

    Did Stephon Diggs look into all this before he signed with the Terps? Seems like a complete evaluation would be in order before anyone decided to play at Maryland.

    Comment by MikeP — February 21, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  3. Has there been any movement on Alex Kozan?

    Comment by Ryan — February 21, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  4. Nope, nothing has changed on Kozan yet.

    Comment by JErickson — February 21, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  5. I’m pretty sure he will have to sit out a year.

    Comment by jt — February 21, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  6. If he went to a junior college he wouldn’t have to sit out.

    Comment by jt — February 21, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  7. Alex Kozan is like a bigfoot. There is plenty of evidence but no proof that he actually exists.

    Comment by MasterIllusionist — February 21, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  8. Unlike Jay Prosch, who has a possible case to receive a hardship waiver from the NCAA to play next season, Garcia does not appear to have a situation that would allow him get a waiver.

    Comment by JErickson — February 21, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  9. According to Google Maps — Auburn is 2 hours, 18 minutes from Norcross. Athens is 1 hour, 13 minutes.

    Since he can’t transfer to Tech, UGA is obviously closest, so the choice is clear *IF* that’s his major concern. But if being as close to home as possible was his main thing, he wouldn’t have gone to Maryland in the first place.

    Comment by phlebas — February 21, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  10. He’s also considering Florida, so apparently “close to home” doesn’t mean anything other than it sounds good in the media.

    Comment by MikeP — February 21, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  11. factor in the time sitting on Hwy 316 thats another 2 hrs to UGA!

    Comment by celia — February 22, 2012 @ 11:17 am

  12. UGA might play for SEC championships but AUBURN plays for National Championships.

    Comment by wallace — February 22, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  13. Don’t forget, though. He gains an hour coming to Auburn from Atlanta…

    Comment by Perry Grant — February 22, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  14. UGA might play for SEC championships but AUBURN plays for a National Championship every 50 years.

    AU also goes undefeated every 10 years but are always involved in an NCAA scandal or some sociology scam each time.

    Comment by Gene Cheatzik — February 22, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  15. This is for comment 14 people are running there mouth about Auburn cheating well all i can say is its not cheating untill u can prove it.

    Comment by Scott — February 23, 2012 @ 12:01 am

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