4-star QB, top-50 recruit Jake Garcia reopens recruitment
One of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2021 has reopened his recruitment.
Jake Garcia, the California native who moved to Georgia to play his senior high school season, announced Thursday night he has backed off his pledge to USC. Listed at over 6-2, 195 pounds, the Grayson QB is rated 4-stars, the No. 5 recruit in Georgia, No. 5 pro-style prospect and No. 46 player overall nationally in the class of 2021 on the 247Sports Composite.
Garcia has 23 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. This late in the 2021 recruiting cycle, however, most programs have already received one or two QB pledges.
College football insider Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports mentioned Ole Miss and Miami as potential landing spots for Garcia.
Look for Ole Miss and Miami to be options here. https://t.co/VlbW5VBtcp
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 4, 2020
Thamel’s mention of Ole Miss raised some eyebrows as Lane Kiffin’s program has recently been linked to 4-star Starkville, Mississippi, QB Luke Altmeyer.
Antonio Morales of The Athletic tweeted, “Look for Florida State to make a run at Garcia.”
Garcia and his family have made all kinds of headlines over the past few months. During the summer, Garcia moved from La Habra, California, to Valdosta, Georgia, after the California Interscholastic Federation canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was revealed in an article that Garcia’s parents had legally separated in a move to help secure his eligibility. Upon investigation, the Georgia High School Association ruled Garcia ineligible after he had played a game for Valdosta. Garcia then made the transfer to Grayson.