Academics Big With Geohaghan

Fairfax (SC) defensive back Ronald Geohaghan says academics are important, and he likes what NC State has to offer.

Despite some reports that Clemson is the school to beat for Ronald Geohaghan, the junior defensive back recently dispelled those rumors.

It might be true that Clemson is high on the talented safety's list, but Geohaghan is keeping his options open.

"I do a lot of interviews and people are going to say things like that," Geohaghan said. "When that got reported I think it might have caused some schools to maybe back off. East Carolina offered me recently and then NC State did, and I'm letting them all know that all my options are open.

"Clemson has about seven safeties they're bringing in and some other schools are losing some, so there are opportunities."

Despite those comments, it's clear that Clemson will be a major player in Geohaghan's recruitment. He was scheduled to visit Clemson this past Saturday for their junior day. On March 25, he will be at Duke, and the very next day he will be at NC State.

Recently the 6-1.5, 193-pound defensive back attended junior days at South Carolina and Georgia Tech. When asked how those trips went he also offered some thoughts on NC State.

"Both of them went well. Georgia Tech is very solid academically, just like NC State is," Geohaghan explaiend. "I'm interested in biology and both of them have pretty good programs in those areas. The graduation rate is good at NC State as well as Georgia Tech and the two other schools (South Carolina and Clemson).

"I think the NCAA is making coaches accountable so now they really have to bring in student-athletes who can help their graduation rates. These schools are very competitive academically and in football."

Jim Bridge was initially responsible for recruiting Geohaghan. Now those duties fall to running backs coach Everette Sands.

"My dad is my position coach and we had some guys that went to The Citadel a while back. I was much younger then but I kind of remember him," Geohaghan said of Sands.

"Basically I'm going to go check them out. After talking with the coaches and watching their practices I should be able to see how things are," he added.

Most schools are recruiting the Fairfax, SC prospect as a safety, but not everyone.

"I can play cornerback and I play fullback, too," he said. "It's kind of funny because on my team I play linebacker and they move me around a lot. I'm 6-1 1/2 and 193 pounds. Track and field helps me a lot. My best time in the 100 is 10.89 seconds, so all of that makes a big difference when I play cornerback. Most (corners) are 5-8 or 5-9, and I'm 6-1 1/2 but I run like a small guy."

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