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.