Chad Simmons

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Three-star Georgia prospect Thurman Geathers talks about his interest in the Indiana football program.

In the 2018 class the Hoosiers are looking to add at least one defensive end that excels at getting after the quarterback, and one of their top targets at that spot is Thurman Geathers. spoke with the 6-foot-2, 216-pound standout from Kennesaw (GA) North Cobb H.S. about his recruiting, and about his interest in the Indiana program.

Geathers said IU assistant coach Mark Hagen has told him that the coaching staff believes he could be an impact pass rusher for them.

“I have been talking to Coach Hagen, the D-line coach,” the Georgia native said. “I like talking to him. He sees like a great coach. He told me that they are looking for a speed rusher for the edge and they think I can be that guy.”

The three-star recruit said he plans on making a trip up to Bloomington this summer to get a closer look at IU.

“I plan on going up to Indiana this summer for a visit,” Geathers said. “When I am up there I want to get a feel for how the area is. I also want to check out the facilities and the campus.”

The talented prospect said he is looking for a school with strong academics, and a football program where he has a connection with the coaching staff.

“The number one thing for me is academics,” he said about his factors for picking a school. “I want to major in sports medicine. After that I will look at the potential for playing time.  My relationship with the coaches will also be important. Location isn’t a big deal for me.”

This past fall Geathers had an outstanding junior season for a North Cobb team that finished with a record of 10-3 and made it to the state playoffs.

“As a team we lost three games and we made it to the third round of the state playoffs,” he said about the 2016 season. “We had a pretty good season, but we came up short of our goal of winning state. Individually I felt like I played pretty well. I led the state in sacks with 15. I think the biggest improvements I made as a player were in the weight room. I worked hard in the weight room and I was able to get bigger and stronger. I also thought I was able to improve my speed and explosiveness.”

Geathers currently has offers from Indiana, Rutgers, Kansas State, N.C. State, Syracuse, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Ball State, Marshall, Miami (OH), South Florida, Toledo, Troy, Tulane, UAB, UMass, UNLV, Appalachian State, Texas-San Antonio, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. He said that he has yet to officially narrow his list down, but when he does the Hoosiers will almost certainly be one of his top schools.

“I am still looking at everybody and just take in everything and enjoy the process,” he said about his recruitment. “My plan is to have my decision over with before the start of my senior season. I don’t have a list yet, but Indiana is definitely in my top five.”

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