"Yes sir, they are still my No. 1 school right now followed by Clemson
," said offensive lineman Max Garcia
when asked where Vanderbilt
stood among his list of favorite schools. Garcia also has offers from Alabama
, Michigan State
and North Carolina State
Garcia visited for one of Vandy's junior days earlier in the year. Garcia, who plans to major in broadcast journalism, was impressed with the SEC school's top-notch academics, "I like their academic integrity and how they stress that a lot," said highly regarded lineman.
Additionally, the Peachtree state native feels that because of Vanderbilt's recent winning season and Music City Bowl victory they are an up and coming program, "I like the fact that they are on the rise and I'd like to become a part of that. They are really starting to compete as the years go on."
The Vanderbilt coaches also made an impression the big lineman as Garcia specifically mentioned head coach Bobby Johnson
, offensive coordinator Ted Cain and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell
, "I got along well with coach Caldwell, coach Johnson and coach Cain. They were all welcoming and good guys."
Clemson is close by and Garcia feels good about the Tiger program as well, "It's really close to home, it's like an hour and a half away from where I live. I really like coach Napier and coach Scott. When I went up there for camp I liked being there. It was a great campus and pretty peaceful. They are really stressing to me that I could have good playing time; I could really make an impact at Clemson over the next few years. They actually said I might get a chance to play defense as well and that is something I might like to try out," said Garcia.
When will Garcia make his decision? Garcia says he'll take official visits to Vanderbilt, Clemson and Maryland before deciding. He plans to visit Vanderbilt in late August or September, Maryland on September 12th and Clemson on August 18th.
One interesting note on Garcia, he also competes in track and field in the shot put and discuss events. This summer he traveled to Hawaii and Australia to compete in an international tournament. He says his best throw of the discuss event was 120' and 52' in the shot put event.
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Garcia: "Vanderbilt No. 1"