It's all in the family
Kwame Geathers is the son of former Buffalo Bills' standout Robert Geathers Sr. He's the nephew of former NFL sack-master Jumpy Geathers. And his older brothers Robert Geathers Jr. (Cincinnati Bengals) and Clifton Geathers (South Carolina) have enjoyed success on the gridiron as well.
To say that Kwame has good bloodlines for a football player would be an understatement. And the scary part? Some close to the Geathers family believe that Kwame has the potential to be the best of the bunch.
Blessed with great size and athleticism, Kwame is a prototypical offensive tackle for the next level and beyond. According to Carver's Bay head coach James Thompson, Kwame can be as good as he wants to be.
"He brings an element of size and speed that you just can't teach. He's one of those rare breed of kids," said Thompson. "He's very quick, and he plays with strength behind him. As young as he is, he's still even untapped in a way."
On the recruiting front, Geathers has picked up early offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and Maryland. While more offers are certainly still to come, Geathers says that three schools have emerged as his early favorites.
"South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia are my top three," said Geathers.
Geathers, who is being recruited by Steve Spurrier Jr. for the home state Gamecocks, said that South Carolina was the first school to offer him, and he is already very familiar with the USC program.
"I like their facilities and their coaches. They're recruiting me the hardest. I've been there a good bit of times, and I like the atmosphere. (Clifton) says he loves it and that the coaches are good."
Kwame also noted that while the opportunity to play with his brother Clifton at South Carolina is appealing, it won't make or break his decision.
After growing up watching older brother Robert Jr. play at Georgia, Kwame is very familiar with the Bulldogs as well.
"My older brother (Robert) went there, and I was around there a lot. I like their coaches and their facilities too."
Geathers isn't as familiar with Clemson, but he likes what he's heard from the Tigers thus far.
"They're a good school. I've never really been around there, but the coaches tell me some good things."
According to Geathers, he isn't planning an early decision and hasn't put much thought into the recruiting process just yet.
One thing that is currently on Geathers' mind is his upcoming senior football season and the opportunity to win a state championship, which he came within one game of doing last season.
"I'm looking forward to having an outstanding season and leading our team to a championship to get that ring. We lost in the (state championship game) last year, so I want to get that ring. I'm just focusing on getting ready for next season."
Geathers is a two-way standout for Carver's Bay, and while most believe he projects best as an offensive lineman in college, he was a force on the defensive line last season, racking up an estimated 90 tackles and 11 sacks.
In the offseason, Geathers plays basketball for Carver's Bay, and he believes that his play on the hardwood has helped him improve his athleticism on the football field.
"Basketball gets me quick and keeps me in shape for football season," he said.
Geathers has been named to Scout.com's Southeast Top 50 to Watch list for the Class of 2009, and he will likely debut as a 4-star prospect.
Make sure to stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on Kwame's recruitment.
Just when you think there can't be anymore Geathers, there's one more to keep an eye on in the coming years. Kwame's first cousin Clayton Geathers is a 6'1", 190 pound cornerback for Carver's Bay that projects to be one of the top overall prospects in the Palmetto State's Class of 2010.
According to Coach Thompson, Clayton is a different style of football player, but he still has those Geathers genes.
"He's got great speed. He's just an outstanding athlete," said Thompson. "Last year we had to put him out there at cornerback, a position he'd never played before. He really worked hard at it, and where people were picking on him at the beginning of the year, at the end of the year he was our lockdown corner. He was taking interceptions, and people weren't throwing at him anymore. He can also play wide receiver, and he can run the ball."
Kwame closed by echoing his coach's sentiments on his cousin's football abilities.
"He's good, man. Next year he'll probably be our star running back. He can do it on defense too. He just gets it done for us," he said. "I guess it's all in the family."
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