Charlotte (N.C.) Providence defensive end Daniel Garces was a recruit that made some waves on the camp circuit in the offseason. Now, the 6-foot-2, 223-pounder has concluded his junior season and discussed the latest.
"I had a pretty good season, I know I had 10 sacks," he said. "I felt this was a pretty good season for me, but our team struggled a little bit. There is always room for improvement."
On the recruiting front, interest is rising for Garces.
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"I started getting interest before the year ended this year," he said. "Nobody has offered, but I've taken two visits down to Tennessee, a visit to Alabama and one to Clemson. I also visited NC State over the summer."
Did any of the trips stand out?
"I really liked Tennessee and Alabama, those are my two favorites," he said. "The facilities are top of the line at both of those schools and they have a lot of money coming in for football. The atmosphere at those schools are ridiculous, it's the SEC you expect that kind of hype."
Garces is eyeing a trip to Georgia Tech before the end of the season.
One school the lineman hopes to hear from is Auburn.
"Auburn would be the school I would love to get some interest from because I lived in Auburn for five years. I'm a pretty big Auburn fan, it's like a religion."
Garces is looking for a few things in his future school.
"Academics are first of course, I also really like a family-oriented team," he said. "I want a team that is really close knit with each other and some place not too far away from home. I want my family to be able to come see me play. Atmosphere is a big thing for me too, I love to have a bunch of people excited on game day."
As for his position, Garces doesn't care.
"Some schools haven't mentioned changing to outside linebacker, but I haven't said anything just so I won't scare teams off. I'll do whatever a college wants."