March 22, 2011

Garcia getting plenty of looks

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One of the more intriguing prospects left on Ohio State's recruiting board for the 2012 class is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School offensive lineman Abraham Garcia. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound tackle was one of the most highly regarded linemen in Florida going into his junior season, but unfortunately his season was derailed due to a serious foot injury. Still, that hasn't stopped Garcia from grabbing three verbal offers so far and receiving interest from programs all over the nation.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools right now," Garcia explained. "Florida State, LSU, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Colorado."

Garcia is still recovering from his foot surgery but the recovery process is going about as well as can be expected. In fact, Garcia is hoping to be ready to go for spring ball coming up.

"I'm getting close to one hundred percent," he explained. "I'm doing some drills and things like that and just trying to maintain shape and keep up with everything. We start spring ball next month and my football team is very competitive, we took one week off after the state playoff game and then we started workouts."

With the injury giving Garcia a lot of time off this past season, he was able to watch a lot of college football and the Buckeyes were one of the teams he really focused on.

"I've been watching them (on television)," Garcia said. "I've been watching them almost every game that I could. I watch them, LSU, Miami (Fla.), there's a lot of schools that I've been watching just to see how their programs are."

Garcia is hoping to get a chance to get up to Columbus at some point over the summer.

"I'm trying to see (about visiting Ohio State unofficially)," Garcia explained. "I go to New York sometimes in the summer to visit my father and I'm going to try and visit Wisconsin and Ohio State and schools like that on my way up there."

While the Buckeyes appear to sit in good shape with Garcia, he isn't claiming any favorites and is planning to decide after his senior season to focus on winning a championship.

"I have schools that I like but there are no schools on top or no schools that I am favoring over the others," he said. "My offensive line coach is like a father to me so I talk to him a lot (about the recruiting process). I want to get my football season over with (before deciding). I don't want to worry about college during my football season because I want to get a state championship ring before I leave. After that, I'm going to take my five visits and decide sometime in mid-January or early February before signing day."


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