February 17, 2009

Geathers sets the date

One of the top remaining prospects in the 2009 class, Carver's Bay standout Kwame Geathers told UGASports that he plans to announce his college of choice during a signing ceremony as his school Friday.

Geathers said he will choose between Georgia, Tennessee and Central Florida.

Geathers (6-5, 320), playing for a small school in a secluded part of South Carolina, had a quiet but productive senior season. The three-star offensive tackle prospect went on to dominate in the Offense-Defense All American Game, but it was not at his listed position. The Palmetto State product was un-blockable at defensive tackle, showing off impressive quickness and strength, wreaking havoc in the backfield, and his eight tackles and two sacks earned him MVP honors. Now colleges knew he was a viable option on both sides of the ball.

Speculation was that South Carolina, where his brother Clifton plays, were the favorite for the Georgetown native's signature. But a month ago Kwame, in an exclusive interview with UGASports, gave a hint that he may be going in a different direction.

"They want me to play offensive line, but they are still in there," Geathers said a month ago.

After his official visit to Georgia on January 16th, most thought that Georgia had a great chance to have the third Geathers sibling. But there was one little caveat that kept Geathers path to Athens from being a possibility: an official offer. So when Geathers made another official to Central Florida, and when Signing Day came, no fax was sent from Carver's Bay High School.

Anyone who knows the Geathers' past was not surprised, however. Robert did not sign with Georgia on signing day, nor did Clifton, before enrolling at South Carolina a year later. But after making a post Signing Day trip to Knoxville, the latest decision to wait now seems like a wise choice. Tennessee and Georgia both reportedly have sent him scholarship papers to sign, and so he has a hard decision to make.

This Friday at Carver's Bay High School, Geathers plans to sign his letter of intent and end another exciting chapter of recruiting drama. His patience seems to have paid off, and Georgia, Tennessee or Central Florida will be the benefactor as well. Will Central Florida beat two SEC powerhouses for Geathers' inside presence on the defensive line? Did Tennessee jump in and steal an emerging talent? Georgia has been involved with Geathers from the beginning, so the coaches in Athens hope their patience pays off as well.

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