"It wasn't a surprise, but I didn't expect it either."
Geathers, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman from Hemingway (S.C.) Carver's Bay, has also collected scholarship offers from Central Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina.
Geathers, though, has put his recruitment on the backburner until after his football season. At that point, he will begin to take and schedule official visits.
"[I'm looking for] just a great facility, a great coaching staff, and a place where I can get a great education," Geathers said.
Geathers emphasized that location won't be a factor. He says he feels no pressure to stay in-state.
And Geathers isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.
"Probably late, after everyone else [I'll make my decision]," Geathers said.
Outside of visiting his brother, Clifton, at South Carolina, Geathers hasn't made any recruiting visits. He says he plans to attend a game at UNC, however.
Geathers says that his brother, who plays defensive end for the Gamecocks but originally signed with Georgia, won't be a factor in his recruitment.
"I want to do my own thing," Geathers said. "He told me that I have to be happy, so it's my decision."
With recruiting in the back of his mind, it's not a surprise that Geathers doesn't claim any favorites. However, he says UNC is in a very good position.
"I think it's a great school," Geathers said. "I watched them play a few games. Coach Pittman seems like a great coach."
UNC started to pursue Geathers following his junior football season. Since then, Geathers and Pittman speak "every once in a while."
"He just calls and checks on me, sees how I'm doing, and asks if anything is going on," Geathers said.
Pittman and UNC, like most schools, are recruiting Geathers as an offensive tackle. Central Florida and Georgia are among the few schools that project Geathers as a defensive tackle. He has no position preference.
Geathers, who is a two-year starter at Carver's Bay, solely played defensive tackle as a junior where he accumulated 60 tackles and ten sacks. This season his primary use continues to be on defense, but he also sees a couple of plays a game on the offensive line. Thus far this season, Geathers has collected 75 tackles and seven sacks.
To say Geathers has football in his bloodlines would be an understatement. In addition to his brother Clifton at South Carolina, Geathers' oldest brother Robert, who attended Georgia, plays defensive end and linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. His uncle Jumpy Geathers played 13 years in the NFL, and his father was a standout defensive end at South Carolina State.