Max Garcia will transfer to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Maryland starting left tackle Max Garcia said Saturday he will transfer to Florida.

"Yes, I have committed to the University of Florida," Garcia said. "I'm a Florida Gator."

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman who is originally from Norcross, Ga., chose Florida over Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss and Southern California.

The school announced Monday that Garcia had signed his scholarship papers.

"We are excited to have Max be a part of our 2012 signing class and our offensive line unit," UF coach Will Muschamp said in a statement.

Garcia, who started all 12 games as a sophomore, will have to sit out in 2012, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Ranked a three-star prospect out of high school, Garcia had scholarship offers from Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina.

He visited Florida over the spring and came away impressed with new Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis. Garcia's former Maryland teammate, quarterback Danny O'Brien, transferred to Wisconsin earlier in the spring.

Information from GatorNation's Michael DiRocco was used in this report.