Four-star QB Jake Garcia no longer considering Miami football

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In response to a question from a fan who asked if there is any chance Jake Garcia will flip to the Miami football program, Ari Wasserman of The Athletic said no.

Four-star USC quarterback commit Jake Garcia has had the fanbase for the Miami football program focused on flipping the California native in the class of 2021. According to Ari Wasserman of The Athletic, Garcia is no longer considering the Hurricanes as a college destination.

Garcia visited Miami twice in 2019 before committing to USC in September of that year. The flip of 2020 QB  Bryce Young to Alabama prompted Garcia to commit to USC. The Miami football program was the projected favorite to receive a commitment from Garcia prior to the Young commitment to Alabama.

Garcia recently transferred from his home in California to Valdosta, Georgia for his senior year of high school after the Golden State canceled fall sports. The move by Garcia to the Southeast reignited hopes from the Miami fanbase that Garcia will flip to the Hurricanes now that he is much closer geographically.

Wasserman projects a less than five percent chance for Garcia to sign with Miami. The Athletic’s national football recruiting senior writer said he spoke to Garcia about a week ago who when asked if he was still considering Miami said no. There are not many high-level uncommitted QBs in the Class of 2021.

"“I wouldn’t say 0 percent because anything is possible in recruiting, but I’d say less than 5 percent. Yes, Garcia, who is currently committed to USC, moved from California to Georgia to playing high school football this fall. And yes, Georgia is much closer to Miami.But I talked to Garcia a little more than a week ago and asked him if he was considering Miami still. He said no.”"

The Miami coaching staff will likely continue to recruit Garcia and hope that the slight chance he would reconsider his decision to sign with USC could result in a flip to the Hurricanes. People without direct information are always going to develop ill-informed opinions. Garcia was strong in his stance on his commitment to USC.

"“I have a good connection with some of those kids down there at Miami Northwestern (High), so we’re really cool,…I get on the phone with them and talk with some of those kids that are committed to Miami because I had met them when I was on my visit over there. Those kids really push it too.So like when they tweet out certain things, like that’ll blow it up some more, or just little things like that. So with fans knowing that I’m really cool with all the kids down there, that’s a big reason that this stuff tends to blow up so much.People are gonna have their own opinions. But my commitment is still solid with SC, and me moving down South doesn’t change anything. I told that to Coach (Clay) Helton. Me moving has nothing to do with me trying to get away from USC or anything like that.It’s just for me to be able to play in and have a full season of football in a competitive atmosphere.”"

Garcia is one of two QBs commited to USC in the Class of 2021. When four-star signal-caller Miller Moss commited to USC in May many speculated that meant Garcia would flip to Miami. Four-star wide receiver Romello Brinson is the highest-rated of the 2021 Miami commits from Northwestern and highest rated on offense.

Brinson has been the one leading the charge on Twitter with Garcia. He was one of the first 2021 Miami football commits to begin the #GarciatotheU hashtag and trying to get Garcia to flip. The Hurricanes have talent at the skills position on offense for a QB in the class of 2021 to work with if they commited.

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Expecting Garcia to flip to Miami at this point is an extreme longshot. The coaching staff will likely continue to recruit Garcia while realizing if they went to sign a QB in the Class of 2021 their chances are better elsewhere. With the extra year of eligibility granted to fall, 2020 athletes, Miami might not need a QB in the Class of 2021.