Garica Has Surgery; Talks Recovery Timeline

Phillip Garcia, KSU OT Verbal

Cerritos College offensive tackle and Kansas State commitment talks surgery, recovery and rehab process. The doctor gave him a timeline for "return-to-field activity". Does that have him making it back in time for Spring Ball in Manhattan? We talk about all that below, keeping KSU fans up to date on the Garcia injury front & cover even more on his scheduled Arizona official. Stay current!

"They said the surgery took twice as long because of the size of my knee," Phillip Garcia said. "They haven't seen a knee as big as mine. The doctor actually said that I just stretched my ACL. But he went ahead and replaced it anyway saying that it would have eventually torn. He also said it looked much better when he went into to do the surgery than the MRI showed. Garcia is ready to come back stronger…

"The doctor said everything looked real good and was a very successful surgery," Garcia said.

"This Monday I start my rehab," the 6-foot-7, 320-pound left tackle continued. "I will start off just trying to slowly get some strength back, do some work on the stationary bike, and…" …

Two weeks later: "I will get in the weight room and begin lifting again, working out, slowly at first but as I get more comfortable in my recovery I can pick it up a notch, but only light weight during this period of my rehab." …

Five to Six Weeks: "He said I'll be jump-roping and starting to run." …

Twelve Weeks: "I will be on the field again, full running, normal activity but not practicing or playing yet." …

Sixteen Weeks: "'Return-to-the-field Activity" where I will be practicing again, getting acclimated to the schemes, and am going to do what I got to do to come in an start at left tackle for the 2008 season." …

Of course the (KSU OL Coach) Tim McCarty has been regularly checking in once a week to "Check on Me – you know see how I am doing – telling me to take it slow and just get back into it." …

The subject of the stud left tackle officially visiting Arizona "November 15th," certainly doesn't have McCarty sleeping at night as well.

"I told him Manhattan is home to me, where I belong," Garcia told KStateFans.com "But you know he's probably heard that a hundred times."

Given the fact that it now looks extremely likely that the College of Cerritos thoroughbred left tackle will be ready to go before the spring, it is even scarier for the Wildcats who must consider the possibilities of Arizona reeling him in come Signing Day, 2008. We covered all of that in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop and even more thoroughly…

Stay tuned to KStateFans.com for more on Garcia as we continue to feature one of the more important additons to the KSU 2008 Recruiting Class.

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