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Chip off (downfield) block: Robby Garcia signs with ISU

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Wed. February 6, 2013 | Joey Knight | Email

Chip off (downfield) block: Robby Garcia signs with ISU

Unless collegiate limbo skips a generation, a young Jesuit run stuffer named Robert Garcia V will someday commit to a college program only to watch the head coach get fired.

Robby Garcia IV (far left), a two-way lineman at Jesuit, signed Wednesday with Iowa State, but only after reassessing his commitment to USF once Skip Holtz was fired as Bulls coach. A generation before, Plant DE Rob Garcia III (center) signed with Memphis State, only to watch Tigers coach Charlie Bailey get fired a month after he signed.

The elder Garcia lettered one season (1991) at MSU.

"I had signed already, so I was stuck," recalled Rob Garcia, 43, who attended Wednesday's ceremony with his 64-year-old dad of the same name. "So I knew how hard it was. When (Willie Taggart replaced Holtz), I was on the phone quick."

The younger Garcia's scholarship offer was never pulled, but his dad said things between his son and USF "got quiet." Eventually, Robby IV re-opened his recruiting process.

"After like, the second week (of USF's new staff) being there, and then after evaluating my film and after the visit, they wanted me," Robby IV said.

"But after exploring my options, I came to fall in love with Iowa State and Navy and I wanted those to be my two final options. The deciding factor was, Iowa State was more comfortable for me to go to."

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