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Maryland Frees Max Garcia To Transfer To Vanderbilt

The ongoing Danny O'Brien subplot has an interesting wrinkle for Georgia: offensive lineman Maryland's Max Garcia, one of the many other now-former Terrapins fleeing the Randy Edsall regime in College Park, was considering UGA as a potential landing spot when Edsall blocked Vanderbilt as a destination for any Maryland transfers.

The thinking (if you can even call it that on Edsall's part) was that former Terps offensive coordinator and current Commodores head coach James Franklin, who coached Garcia, O'Brien and others, was illegally contacting Maryland players and encouraging them to jump ship. Vanderbilt maintained Franklin did no such thing, and after much public debate, Edsall and Maryland are allowing O'Brien, Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson to become Commodores if they'd like.

That likely hurts Georgia's chances to get Garcia, the Norcross, Georgia native and sophomore offensive lineman (he's served primarily as a left tackle) who started 12 games last season. Garcia told the AJC he wanted to be closer to home initially. Georgia was among Garcia's finalists when he was recruited out of high school, but his final three were Maryland, Clemson and Vanderbilt. With Garcia's familiarity with Franklin and a clearance to head to Nashville, UGA's chances could be slim again.

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