Mizzou football lands transfer of Miami quarterback Jake Garcia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The quarters room in Mizzou is a bit more crowded. The Tigers landed a commitment Friday from former Miami Hurricanes QB Jake Garcia, a former four-star prospect who played in eight games last season.

“I am very grateful for my time in Miami and the support of the Canes family,” Garcia said on social media. “Wishing Cane Nation the best and can’t wait to support from afar. That being said, I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to become a Mizzou Tiger and can’t wait to begin this journey!”

Garcia, one of the top 50 national prospects in the 2021 recruiting class, played in eight games last season in Miami, throwing for 803 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. He entered the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday. Garcia started a game in 2022, throwing for 125 yards in a 14-12 win at Virginia. He also saw extended playing time in losses to Middle Tennessee State, Duke and Pittsburgh during coach Mario Cristobal’s rather disastrous first season with the Hurricanes. Garcia completed 59.1% of his passes for the season. He finished with minus-75 rushing yards. He appeared in one game in 2021, throwing for 147 yards and two touchdowns against Central Connecticut State. He will have three years of eligibility left.

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Garcia was unavailable for further comment.

The transfer portal closed on Wednesday, although schools can continue to sign players who previously entered the portal. The portal reopens for a week in May. Players who have already completed their undergraduate degree can transfer at any time.

With Garcia on board to be part of the program this semester, he will join returning starter Brady Cook and rookie Sam Horn on the roster, though Cook underwent offseason shoulder surgery and will miss spring training. Incoming rookie Gabarri Johnson signed with Mizzou in December and joins that team this summer. The Tigers recently added second-team junior college All-American Dylan Laible as an extra.

Garcia was ranked the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the nation in the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 47 player overall by Rivals.com. He first committed to USC before returning his commitment to Miami. Garcia, a native of Whittier, Calif., attended five different high schools, two in California and three in Georgia. After Garcia played at Narbonne High in Los Angeles in 2018-19, California State pushed back its high school season during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting Garcia and her father, Randy, to move to Georgia, where Garcia enrolled in Valdosta High. . There was a catch. In order for Garcia to qualify for Georgia state residency rules, Randy and his wife, Yvonne, were legally separated, ESPN reported at the time. Randy Garcia played quarterback at Nebraska from 1975 to 1977. Jake Garcia ended his high school career guiding Grayson High to the 2020 Georgia Class 7A State Championship, coincidentally defeating Horn’s Collins Hill team High for the title. Horn guided Collins Hill to the championship in 2021.

Mizzou football coach Eli Drinkwitz and newly hired offensive coordinator Kirby Moore on Saturday, January 7, 2023, discuss Kirby’s role and what he brings to the team. Video by Mizzou Network, used with permission from Mizzou Athletics.


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