USC quarterback commit Jake Garcia made big news Wednesday night when it was announced that the 6-foot-3, 195-pound 5-star senior would be transferring from La Habra (Calif.) to Valdosta (Ga.) to play fall football due to California going to a spring schedule over COVID.
Garcia’s plan is to play this fall and graduate in December so he can enroll early in college. 24/7 Sports has him as the No. 4 pro-style signal-caller in the Class of 2021.
This isn’t the first time Garcia has switched high schools. He’s actually spent time at four high schools. He left Narbonne High School back in early January to attend La Habra, but now Garcia finds himself playing for the powerhouse Valdosta. He told 24/7 it was very important to play a senior high school season before going off to USC.
“With not just California football shut down but the entire West Coast pretty much, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, etc, I knew I had to leave the region. Like I said, I think senior year is a really important time to learn and get better. This will be big for my development and I felt this was the best move for me to make long term.”
Why Valdosta? “I’m excited to see what Southern football is all about, plus I have family in Atlanta and they talked about what a great school Valdosta is and what great tradition they have,” he said.
Garcia claims the move to Georgia doesn’t change anything as far as USC is concerned. He’s still a USC guy, but what happens when he gets a taste of that competition in the south? Could UGA sneak in and grab this kid? What about someone like Dan Mullen driving up I-75 and wowing this kid? Stay tuned.
— Jake Garcia (@JakeGarcia14) September 24, 2019
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— Jake Garcia (@JakeGarcia14) July 4, 2020