Rising senior Gustavo Garcia put together a solid junior campaign in 2011. The talented defensive…
Focus 2013: Gustavo Garcia
When St. Paul's standout safety Jay Washington was recently quizzed about teammates who have been impressive, he repeatedly mentioned junior defensive lineman Gustavo Garcia. Washington, Garcia and the Wolves are currently 6-0 and should, by all accounts, enter the postseason with an unblemished record. Garcia has 16 tackles to go along with three sacks. "We practiced harder than usual today," said Garcia on Monday evening. "The coaches are pushing us. I'm having an okay junior year but need to improve on a couple of things. I'm undersized (6-3, 230) at defensive tackle, but I'm pretty strong and fast. I can run a consistent 4.7." In the first game of the year -- a 38-7 shellacking of 2010 Class 4A state runner-up Edna Karr -- Garcia recorded sacks on two consecutive plays. "That was a highlight," he said. "I've played defensive end and defensive tackle. Due to an injury to a teammate, I've moved out to end at times. The key for us to make it to the Superdome (state finals) is to strive for excellence. We need to step it up over the next couple of weeks. "I love LSU but am interested in anybody who is interested in me. I'm not picky. I just want to play in college." LSU signed four-star defensive tackle Mickey Johnson out of St. Paul's in February.
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