Geathers wants to continue family tradition

One of the more unsung players in recruiting circles so far this summer has been Feather River DE Jarvis Geathers (6-4, 235). He's already got two offers under his belt after a solid freshman season and he's hopeful a big sophomore campaign this fall could end up with even more on the table. We spoke to the pass-rushing phenom recently and he talked about recruiting and his family tree.

"I grew up around football," Geathers told recently. "My dad is Jumpy Geathers and he played for the Saints, the Redskins, the Falcons and the Broncos. He took me around the guys a lot when he was in Atlanta and I got to meet Deion Sanders and talk to all those guys which was great.

"I was only like 10 so I didn't quite realize how big of a star (Sanders) really was, but I knew he was a great player and he was really nice to me."

And the connection to football doesn't end with his dad.

Jarvis' uncle, Robert Geathers, currently plays in the NFL and his older brother, Jeremy, plays at UNLV while his cousin, Clifton, is currently playing for South Carolina.

"We've all been pretty successful at football," Geathers admitted. "We've all been doing it since we were little kids and I'm hoping to move on from here and get a chance to show what I can do at that level too."

After he graduated from Andrews High School in Andrews, South Carolina, Geathers knew he wouldn't have the grades to qualify for a D-1 scholarship so he started looking around at some junior colleges and decided to head west to Feather River.

"My brother played at Butler (Kansas) and I could have gone there, but I really wanted to check out the west coast," Geathers said. "I always heard some of the best JC ball is played out in California and I wanted to be a part of that.

"After I sent the coaches my tape, they said they really liked my size and speed and they said they wanted me to come out and play for them."

So Geathers headed west and made a quick impression on his new coaches posting over 30 tackles and totaling six sacks in 10 games.

"I had a good year and I got honorable mention in our conference, but I think I can do way better than I did," Geathers said. "I'm trying to get stronger and bigger and add some weight so I can hold up against the run even better."

Geathers already boasts a solid 305 pound bench press to go along with a 4.67 forty time and a 36-inch vertical leap and he said he's working out twice a day to prepare for a big sophomore season.

On the recruiting front, Geathers already has offers in hand from Oklahoma State and UNLV and he's hearing from Marshall, Hawaii, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

"I'm pretty much open to everyone," Geathers said. "If I could play with my brother that would be cool, but if not I can make my own way. I just need to feel comfortable and feel like I can go in and play and then move on to the league.

"That's everyone's dream. We all want to play in the NFL and so I want to find a good school that gets guys moved on and check out the coaching staffs because I need them to help me get better."

Geathers will have three years to play two wherever he ends up and he expects to complete his AA degree in December.

We'll have more from the playmaking defensive end as the season gets underway.

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