Season recap: Max Garcia
When discussing Norcross (Ga.) offensive tackle Max Garcia with Blue Devils offensive line coach Dale Farr, one word comes up over and over again:
“He was dominant at times,” Farr said of Garcia, who committed to Maryland earlier this month. “The last game against Collins Hill, he graded out at 90 percent. He was definitely the best player on the line for both teams, without a doubt. He would just take the defensive end and just drive him five or seven yards down the field. Just total domination. He’s just a special young man.”
The Blue Devils finished 5-5 with Garcia grading out at 80 percent in his final high school season. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound left tackle also recorded 50 pancake blocks, “which is phenomenal,” Farr said.
“He’s the best lineman I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been coaching for 28 years,” Farr said. “He kind of got overlooked a little bit in Gwinnett County because there are two or three huge tackles in the county, one who’s going to Alabama and another going to Tennessee. He didn’t get as much press because of the other two.”
Garcia was moved up to the Norcross varsity as a freshman, giving him four years to work with Farr. Throughout their four years together, Farr saw Garcia make the most of his physical gifts thanks to an unbelievable work ethic in the weight room.
“Well he’s gotten so much stronger,” Farr said. “He was always a taller kid for his age group. But he’s much stronger now. He power cleans over 300 pounds, bench presses over 300 pounds, squats about 450, which is pretty good for his height and his age. And his feet have improved tremendously. He’s very athletic for someone that size and he’s just a hard worker. He’s a tremendously hard worker in the weight room.”
Farr called Garcia “an ideal left tackle at the college level.” With Bruce Campbell declaring for the NFL draft, Farr said he wouldn’t be surprised if Garcia worked his way into the rotation immediately.
“I think he’s definitely got plenty of potential to [play as a freshman], yes,” Farr said. “I know how hard it is as a freshman because the blocking schemes are so much different than what you have in high school. But I think he has the potential to do it.”