UT Hosts S.C. DT

A Tennessee staff comprised largely of former NFL coaches will greet a prospect loaded with NFL DNA today when No. 18 ranked defensive tackle prospect Kwame Geathers of Carver's Bay High School in Georgetown, S.C., makes a trip to Knoxville one week after national signing day.

Accompanying Geathers on his last official visit will be his father, Robert Geathers Sr., who played college football at South Carolina State. His uncle Jumpy Geathers played 13 seasons at defensive end in the NFL, while his oldest brother Robert Jr. played at Georgia and is currently a defensive end with the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile brother Clifton is a defensive end at South Carolina and a former high school all-American the Vols pursued in 2006.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Geathers is quick off the ball and capable of playing in the offensive line as well as on defense. That increases his value significantly for UT which is looking for help on both sides of the ball.

"We (Kwame Geathers and his father) are driving up to Tennessee on Wednesday to visit them and then we will be back Thursday afternoon," said Robert Geathers, Sr. told Chad Simmons of SuperPrep. "I have been on the phone with the Tennessee coaches the past few days, so I am sure this visit will determine everything for Kwame. This is the last visit for him, so we should know something by Thursday night or Friday."

Geathers will apparently choose between Central Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. The Vols have closed hard on the big lineman and pushed into picture late.

"It is down to three schools," Mr. Geathers explained. "A number of programs tried to get in the mix, but only three are still under consideration.

"Central Florida and Tennessee are recruiting Kwame real hard and Georgia is still in it too. We are going to look at all three and decide soon."

Both Central Florida and Tennessee are pitching Geathers as a defensive tackle, while Georgia has talked mostly of him playing offense. Geathers prefers playing on defense and that could make this a battle between the Vols and Knights.

The Geathers family is looking for the best opportunity and will consider the coaching situation, the depth charts, and the recruiting classes each school has signed. David Reeves is recruiting Geathers for the Vols, but Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin will play a significant role in UT's attempts to sign him. Rodney Garner is recruiting Geathers for Georgia.

A two-year starter at Carver Bay, Geathers played strictly on defense as a junior and finished with 60 tackles and 10 sacks. Last season he compiled 82 stops and nine sacks. He was also named Defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense Bowl played at Myrtle Beach. Ne finished that all-star contest with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks with a pass breakup as the East squad pitched a shutout.

A four-star prospect with remarkable upside, Geathers would be a great, late addition to a class already ranked No. 21 nationally.

The Vols remain in the chase for No. 1 running back Bryce Brown as well as No. 3 tight end Orson Charles. Finally Oklahoma running back David Oku has yet to announce his decision and UT is still considered a contender.

Can we get an amen for having Geathers at the river?


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