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Monday, April 23, 2012
Former Terp Max Garcia Florida-bound

By Matt Fortuna

Former Maryland left tackle Max Garcia is transferring to Florida, becoming the final of the Terrapins' three announced transfers from Feb. 13 to land on their feet at other schools.

"Yes, I have committed to the University of Florida," Garcia said, according to GatorNation's Derek Tyson. "I'm a Florida Gator."

Maryland announced more than two months ago that Garcia, quarterback Danny O'Brien and linebacker Mario Rowson were granted releases from the football program. O'Brien ended up at Wisconsin and Rowson at Delaware.

"Max showed great promise," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said when the releases were announced. "But after two seasons in College Park, Max is still homesick. He wants to transfer to a school closer to home (Norcross, Ga.) so his family can see him play."

One of 13 players with remaining eligibility to leave Maryland following the 2011 season, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Garcia started 12 games last season as a sophomore. He will sit out the 2012 season with the Gators and have two years of eligibility remaining afterward.