Before Stephen Garcia became a star for South Carolina, he was heavily recruited by Urban Meyer during his famous stint at Florida. In a recent interview, though, Garcia revealed some recruiting tactics from Meyer that really made him scratch his head.
In an interview with the Saturday Down South podcast via Swamp247, Garcia explained that Meyer made him and his friends feel a tad uncomfortable when they met in person. Garcia recalled a moment where he, Meyer, and his friends were sitting down together, and Meyer announced that he was going to say something that "may offend some people."
"He's sitting there talking and we're just kind of chit-chatting and all the sudden he goes, 'All right, Stephen, I'm going to say something right now and this may offend some people.'"
Garcia stated that he was worried Meyer was going to say something racial, but was just as surprised when Meyer bluntly told him to "stop being such a f****** p**** and just commit to Florida."
"My brother's old teammate was the only black guy in the room," Garcia continued. "So I'm like, 'What the hell is this guy about to say?' And he's like, 'Yeah, Stephen, this is going to be offensive to some people.' And I was like, 'Oh God.' I thought he was about to say some racial stuff or something."
"He kind of just looks at me and he goes, 'You've got to stop being such a f****** p**** and just commit to Florida,'" Garcia said, still seemingly in disbelief at the exchange.
Garcia said that he was shocked by what Meyer said and turned him down on the spot.
"I kind of looked at him and everybody just kind of looked at me with their jaws on the floor, like, 'what are you going to do?' or 'What are you going to say?'" he said. "I just looked at Urban dead in the eye and I was like, 'Excuse me, what? What the hell are you... is that... what? What's going on, man? I'm not coming here, are you sh****** me?'"
Garcia would go on to pick South Carolina as his school, where he quickly became a legend for the Gamecocks.
In 2010 he set a new passing yardage record for South Carolina en route to a 9-5 record and the team's first-ever SEC East title.
He even notched a win over Meyer's Florida team, which ultimately knocked the Gators out of the SEC title race that year.