COLUMBIA, Mo. – The quarterback room at Mizzou is a bit more crowded. The Tigers landed a dedication Friday from former Miami Hurricanes QB Jake Garcia, a former four-star prospect who appeared in eight video games this previous season.
“I’m very grateful for my time at Miami & the help from the Canes household,” Garcia posted on social media. “Wishing the very best to Cane Nation & look ahead to supporting from afar. With that being stated, I’m so grateful for the chance to turn out to be a Mizzou Tiger & look ahead to beginning this journey!”
I’m very grateful for my time at Miami & the help from the Canes household. Wishing the very best to Cane Nation & look ahead to supporting from afar.
With that being stated, I’m so grateful for the chance to turn out to be a Mizzou Tiger & look ahead to beginning this journey! pic.twitter.com/Krtkqp7KKh
— Jake Garcia (@JakeGarcia14) January 20, 2023
Garcia, a high 50 nationwide prospect within the 2021 recruiting class, appeared in eight video games this previous season at Miami, throwing for 803 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He entered the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday. Garcia began one sport in 2022, throwing for 125 yards in a 14-12 win at Virginia. He additionally noticed prolonged taking part in time in losses to Middle Tennessee State, Duke and Pittsburgh throughout coach Mario Cristobal’s largely disastrous debut season with the Hurricanes. Garcia accomplished 59.1% of his passes for the season. He completed with minus-75 dashing yards. He appeared in a single sport in 2021, throwing for 147 yards and two TDs towards Central Connecticut State. He’ll have three years of remaining eligibility.
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Garcia was unavailable for additional remark.
The transfer portal closed on Wednesday, though colleges can proceed to recruit gamers who had beforehand entered the portal. The portal opens once more for every week in May. Players who’ve already earned their undergraduate diploma can transfer at any time.
With Garcia on board to be a part of this system this semester, he’ll be part of returning starter Brady Cook and freshman Sam Horn on the roster, though Cook underwent offseason shoulder surgical procedure and can miss spring practices. Incoming freshman Gabarri Johnson signed with Mizzou in December and joins this crew this summer time. The Tigers not too long ago added junior school second-team All-American Dylan Laible as a walk-on.
Garcia was rated the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback within the 2021 recruiting class and No. 47 participant general by Rivals.com. He initially dedicated to USC earlier than flipping his pledge to Miami. Garcia, a local of Whittier, California, attended 5 totally different excessive colleges, two in California and three in Georgia. After Garcia starred at Los Angeles’ Narbonne High in 2018-19, the state of California pushed again its highschool season in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting Garcia and his father, Randy, to maneuver to Georgia, the place Garcia enrolled at Valdosta High. . There was a catch. For Garcia to qualify for Georgia’s state residency guidelines, Randy and his spouse, Yvonne, legally separated, ESPN reported on the time. Randy Garcia performed quarterback at Nebraska from 1975-77. Jake Garcia completed his highschool profession guiding Grayson High to the 2020 Georgia Class 7A state championship, coincidentally beating Horn’s Collins Hill High crew for the title. Horn guided Collins Hill to the championship in 2021.