February 19, 2009

It's decision time for Geathers

The suspense is almost over.

At approximately 1 p.m. Friday Carver Bay's Kwame Geathers - one of the few remaining national recruits - will make his college of choice known.

Geathers will decide between Central Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee at his high school in Georgetown, South Carolina.

His announcement will end another interesting chapter in the Geathers saga, and give one lucky school a premier talent at defensive tackle.

A three-star prospect from Hemingway (S.C.) Carvers Bay, Geathers now has a written offer from Georgia. The Bulldogs decided to send him a written tender after his visit this past weekend to see Tennessee.

Geathers will decide among Georgia, Tennessee and UCF, and confidence is high in Knoxville. But with Georgia now offering in writing the Bulldogs could be the team to beat due to family connections, etc.

Georgia has been recruiting the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder for some time now. The 2009 Georgia target made trips to Athens to visit his big brother Robert, who played for the Bulldogs from 2000-2003. It was then that he connected with recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Rodney Garner. The two seemed to hit it off and have kept in touch since then.

"I have a good relationship with Coach Garner and I have known him since my older brother Robert played there, Geathers told UGASports recently. "He calls me sometimes and we talk a little bit and I like him as a coach. He is also recruiting me as a defensive tackle."

Last year, Kwame visited with his brother Clifton, who was a UGA target at the time. The younger Geathers brother raved about Athens and the coaching staff, and Georgia has been mentioned at or near the top for the Carver's Bay target ever since.

Geathers did not fax in a letter of intent two weeks ago on National Signing Day, and unlike some recruits who may be looking for attention, the Georgetown native was doing it for very important reasons: He wanted offers.

After eliminating South Carolina for apparently wanting him on offense, Geathers made official visits to Georgia and Central Florida. While the Golden Knights offered him early on, the Bulldogs had yet to send papers to sign.

Geathers made another trip to Knoxville, and the Volunteers let him know he had a scholarship ready if he chose them. Georgia got the green light soon after and gave Kwame the good news. His patience had paid off. With two SEC papers to sign, plus an emerging power from the sunshine state, the 3-star defensive tackle has had a lot to think about over the past few days.

Will Geathers shock the world and choose Central Florida over a couple of powerhouse schools?

Will he give new head coach Kiffin a chance to revel in his first victory over rival Georgia, or will Geathers sign with the school who has been with the family for almost a decade?

What will Geathers do? UGASports will be on site in South Carolina Friday so stay tuned to the Vault on UGASports to find out what Geathers will do.

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