Catawissa (PA) Southern Columbia running back Gaige Garcia committed to Michigan on Sunday. I’m putting his commitment on the front page because of the “odd” nature of his commitment, but I won’t be giving him a TTB Rating, and here’s why:
Garcia is a standout wrestler who is accepting a scholarship to Michigan for his prowess on the mat. He will walk on to Michigan’s football program. As a scholarship player in another sport, if he ever plays in a game, he would then count as one of Michigan’s 85 scholarship players. So basically Michigan would have to decide prior to the season whether they want to give a scholarship to him, or to other scholarship players, or to other walk-ons.
Personally, I believe wrestling is such an all-consuming sport that Garcia will realize sooner rather than later that playing both sports in college is extremely difficult, if not impossible. So basically we’re talking about a preferred walk-on who I’m guessing will be off the football roster within a couple years.
As for his exploits on the field, Garcia ran the ball 201 times for 2,048 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior in 2018. He’s a good high school player and a tough runner who has decent speed, but in my opinion, he’s not an FBS tailback. Maybe he could be a fullback if he wanted to pack on some weight, but that’s where wrestling and football don’t mix; fullbacks would require some meat on the bones, while wrestling is often about being lean and cutting weight.
Garcia is a teammate of 2020 linebacker Cal Haladay, who recently committed to Michigan State.
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