Ronald Geohaghan is off to a great start in his recruiting process, amassing 17 verbal offers. A 6-1½, 190-pound safety, Geohaghan finished his junior season with 97 tackles, including 14 for losses. He also added seven sacks and six forced fumbles—proving that there are a variety of ways he can make plays from his safety position.
"It's going pretty great," Geohaghan said of his recruitment. "Most of the schools that have offered—Minnesota (most recently)—have stayed to watch spring practice. This spring, I went to North Carolina for their junior day. I went to N.C. State, Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech."
That's one thing that Pitt assistant coach Tony Gibson looks for when recruiting defensive backs. He's looking for either a high school offensive player who is used to having the ball in his hands every play, which translates to having an instinct for the ball on defense. He also likes defensive players than can make plays the way Geohaghan did as a junior. Pitt is one of his recent offers.
"Pittsburgh, there was coach Tony Gibson that came down here, and he is trying to build a relationship between me and him," Geohaghan said. "He stopped by a week ago to check on me."
While there's a lot of ACC schools and a couple of SEC schools including in-state South Carolina, in addition to Kentucky and Vanderbilt that have offered him, it might be tough to lure Geohaghan out of ACC or SEC territory. He is at least eager to learn more about Pitt, and could take a visit to Pittsburgh this summer.
"I'm still doing research on them, and what they do," Geohaghan said. "Any coach will tell you about the formations they are running. One of the things Pitt was telling me was that even as a freshman, I could be a true freshman starter if I decide to go there.
"I might go visit this summer with another one of my friends. I might go visit Pittsburgh, then whenever I come back down, I'll visit Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State."