Andrew Geers Sees Bright Future For UI

The state of Illinois is loaded with top offensive line prospects for 2013. Among the best is Neuqua Valley tackle Andrew Geers, who also qualified for the state wrestling championship. He has visited Illinois and likes the state of the program under new head coach Tim Beckman.

Andrew Geers has visited Illinois twice recently.

"I was able to go to their first Junior Day. I really like the facilities. Also, because I made it to state in wrestling, I was down there the week before for a couple of days, so I was able to check out the campus. I really liked it."

He expressed a strong belief in new Illini coach Tim Beckman.

"I think this is a start for a great program, and Coach Beckman will be a great leader who can take the Illini to championships."

The 6'-7", 275 pounder's attributes are bound to please Illini offensive line coach Luke Butkus.

"A strength I have is my aggressive play to the whistle, which is a good mental thing. Also, I like to hit people."

He also admits a tendency he wants to improve.

"A weakness in my game is I do catch myself leaning on the defensive guys sometimes because of my height. That is a major concern I want to get fixed this off season for next year."

Geers has been wrestling since fourth grade and has placed in the Illinois State wrestling championships each of the past three years. Wrestling prepares him well for football.

"They go hand-in-hand, especially heavyweight and the o-line because you're in the same stance for both. It does a lot for flexibility and speed when I have to kick step, making me a lot quicker off the line."

He is still looking for his first scholarship offer, but several prominent schools have been recruiting him.

"For schools besides Illinois, I'm looking at University of Wisconsin, Toledo, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Iowa. As for favorites, I know Illinois is definitely in my Top 3, along with Wisconsin and Toledo."

Academics will be his primary focus when choosing a college.

"I am looking at it as if football is going to give me the chance to earn an education. So I am going to check out a school in-depth to make sure my academics could fit there."

Neuqua Valley had a successful 2011 season.

"I thought it went really well. As a team, we made first round of playoffs. And I feel like for myself, I had a very strong season. I started left tackle all of the games."

Geers expects even better for 2012.

"I feel like we are going to have a very strong team. Since we were quite a young team, we will have a lot of young guys who already have a lot of game experience at the varsity level."

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