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Max Garcia Interested In Transferring To Georgia From Maryland

Since Randy Edsall took over as the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins football program, the school has witnessed a mass exodus of players who appear unwilling to serve under the coach. SBNation.com's coverage notes that a total of 12 players have transferred away from Maryland to date.

One of those player departing the Terps is Georgia native Max Garcia, a 290-pound offensive tackle who hails from Georgia. Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt is seriously pursuing Garcia. The Florida Gators are also reported to be expressing interest.

Carvell relayed the following comments from Garcia:I'm definitely excited about Georgia being interested in me, and my mother is really happy about it as well. I've always considered Georgia since high school. It just never really worked out the first time around. They liked me out of high school. They just wanted me to go to a summer camp, and I was never able to make it up there.

I'd definitely consider committing. Being so close to home, it would be a great opportunity for me. I'm also going to open it up to other interested schools. I want to try to find the best situation for me - as far as being close to home, with what I want to study and how much offensive line depth there is.

Garcia would have to sit out the 2012 season if he transferred to Georgia, but will have two years of eligibility following that. The Dawgs have opportunities on the offensive line in the near future, with two likely higher draft picks leaving this year.

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