North Cobb (Kennesaw, Ga.) 2018 outside linebacker Thurman Geathers announced his commitment to Louisville on the Fourth of July.
Geathers (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) chose the Cardinals over Arkansas, Indiana and North Carolina State. He is a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. He has 37 total offers, many of which have come since the conclusion of his junior season.
Listed as a defensive end, his high school position, he could play that spot in a 4-man front or transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level.
Here are three things to know about Geathers ahead of his announcement.
Thurman Geathers has NFL bloodlines
The ultimate goal for Geathers is to play in the NFL. He may have what it takes to get there, or at least knows the right path to take, with the bloodlines to prove it.
The Geathers family has a long list of current and former professional football players. Thurman’s cousins Robert, Kwame and Clifton (all brothers) recently finished careers in the NFL. All three played collegiately in the SEC — Robert and Kwame at Georgia and Clifton at South Carolina. Another cousin, Clayton, currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts, the team that drafted him in 2015 out of Central Florida. His uncle James, also known as Jumpy, played 13 years in the NFL. Robert Sr., another uncle, was a third-round pick in 1981 and had his career cut short with injuries. Most of the mentioned family members were defensive linemen.
Thurman Geathers is an exceptional pass rusher
While playing at North Cobb as a junior, Geathers regularly dominated opposing offensive tackles. He was particularly impressive in pass-rushing situations with 15 sacks and 77 tackles.
How does he do it? With outstanding speed and quickness. If he doesn’t beat blockers around the edge with a good first step, he can rely on his quick hands and feet to ditch offensive linemen. He’s also relentless, often forcing opponents to defend a second and third effort before the quarterback is safe.
Thurman Geathers played alongside Auburn LB Chandler Wooten
College won’t be the first time he’s played with elite talent. He played on the same defense as Auburn freshman linebacker Chandler Wooten last season. While Geathers was busy racking up sacks, Wooten played behind him to collect 124 tackles, with 15 going for losses.
North Cobb advanced to the Georgia 7A quarterfinals with a defense that surrendered just 17 points per game.