One of the top targets for IU at defensive end, Thurman Geathers, was in Bloomington yesterday for an unofficial visit with the Hoosiers. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-2, 216-pound standout from Kennesaw (GA) North Cobb H.S. about the trip and about why he is so high on the Indiana program.
The coaching staff made it clear to Geathers that he is a priority recruit for them in the 2018 class.
“It was beautiful,” he said about the visit to IU. “All the buildings are in limestone and I thought everything was really pretty. The academics are great and that is something my parents really liked. I could tell how much Coach (Tom) Allen and Coach (Mark) Hagen really want me to play there. They had cut-up plays of me and they went over what I do well and what I can improve on. I feel like they took time out to help me become a better player. The facilities were awesome. I saw the locker room and the weight room and everything else they have there. The people at Indiana are amazing, and everything was just awesome.”
The Georgia native said he had a good relationship with Coach Hagen before he made this visit, and he feels it is even stronger now after getting to know the IU assistant coach a little better.
“Ever since Coach Hagen offered me he has really recruited me hard and I feel like that is a blessing,” Geathers said. “I think the bond we have got even stronger on this visit because he showed me and my family how much he needs and wants me.”
Geathers said he and his family felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and they appreciated their honesty.
“The coaches were really down-to-earth and my family really respected that,” he said. “They were up-front with me and they told me the truth. They didn’t make any promises about playing time, but they said they really do need me. They said that they need more defensive ends that can rush the quarterback. I got to eat lunch with two of their defensive ends, and they told me how great Indiana is.”
Geathers currently has offers from Indiana, Arkansas, Louisville, N.C. State, Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Kansas State, Syracuse, TCU, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Ball State, East Carolina, Marshall, Miami (OH), South Florida, Toledo, Troy, Tulane, UAB, UMass, UNLV, Appalachian State, South Alabama, Texas-San Antonio, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. The athletic defensive has a couple more visits left after visiting Arkansas and Indiana, and he said finding a school where he feels at home is big for him.
“I have visited Arkansas and I will be visiting Louisville and N.C. State,” he said. “I am keeping all my options open, but I am starting to narrow it down. I am looking for a place that feels like I’m at home. Academics and potential playing time will be important too. I also want a place where my family feels comfortable.”
Geathers said the visit to Indiana was one that made a strong impression on him and also on his family.
“They made a great impression,” he said about the Hoosiers. “My Mom loved Indiana. She loved the area and she loved the people. I really wanted to get up there and now I see why I wanted to get up there.”