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#3 RJ Garcia II
Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 172 lbs. | Land O’ Lakes, Florida
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Renaldo Garcia II (b. Jan. 1, 2003) is a elusive, playmaking wide receiver from Berkeley Prep in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, who redshirted in 2021 and is majoring in political science.
Garcia saw time in three games as a true freshmen but was able to preserve his redshirt. He had a 6-yard reception and a 3-yard rush at Kansas, and now is set to enter the two-deep.
Garcia prepped under head coach Dominic Ciao at Berkeley Prep (Josh Youngblood’s alma mater), where he helped the Buccaneers to earn a 7-2 record and a state runner-up finish.
He finished his prep career by tallying 1,342 yards on 71 receptions with 11 touchdowns, and also returned 17 kickoffs for 504 yards (29.6 yards per return) for the Buccaneers.
Garcia was named to the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-America preseason watch list and received an honorable mention on the 2019 Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County team.
A two-sport star, he also played basketball for the Buccaneers and his father, head coach Renaldo Garcia, who was a three-year starting guard for the Florida basketball team from 1987 to 1991, helping the Gators to earn their first SEC Championship in 1989.
Renaldo Garcia Sr. went on to play basketball professionally in Honduras.
RJ Garcia chose K-State over offers from Air Force, Army, Bowling Green, Buffalo, The Citadel, Columbia, Dartmouth, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Fordham, Furman, Georgia State, Howard, Iowa State, Lafayette, Massachusetts, Mercer, Navy, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Tennessee-Martin, Tulane, Western Michigan, Wofford and Yale. His chief recruiters were former wide receivers/fullbacks/tight ends coach Jason Ray and former wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham.
Starting quarterback Skylar Thompson had some good things to say about RJ last year that indicated Garcia was not a lock to redshirt in his first season in purple:
“...RJ Garcia has been doing really well, also, but both of those two players you can tell have a natural feel for the game. They just have certain characteristics that you can’t really teach someone. When you’re watching somebody like, ‘Oh, that dude gets it.’ I feel like both those guys are like that. The biggest thing for them now is learning the playbook, playing fast. That’s the biggest thing is our offense is pretty complex, we’re a pro-style system. There are a lot of moving parts. So, once you understand that, you can play fast, watch out. So, I’m really looking forward to working with those guys moving forward. They’re great kids, I say kids, great guys. My age, I don’t know. But no, I’m looking forward to the future for sure.”
Here’s what head coach Chris Klieman had to say after Garcia signed in December 2020:
“RJ is a really talented player from Berkeley Prep. His dad is a basketball coach, so he’s grown up in the coaching world and understands it. He’s a really mature player and has put on some added weight already. He had a good season for them his senior year, and he will be here in the summer and (we) are excited about him...”