By Ashley Denny.
TCI had the chance to speak with Ronnie Geohaghan out of Allendale-Fairfax about his recruiting process and what he is looking for when he visits these colleges interested in him. This 6-0, 185 pound Safety was on Clemson’s campus this past weekend for Junior Day and talks about the highlights of his trip and how his parents who accompanied him on this trip enjoyed it as well.
First of all Ronnie, how are you liking the recruiting process so far?
It’s been going really great. I’m really enjoying the process and am remaining very open minded about the whole thing. I don’t have a leader as of right now so am willing to visit and talk to any school and hear what they have to say. So far this month I am going on three visits to Florida, Duke and NC State.
How many offers have you gotten so far and from which schools?
I’ve received seven offers so far from Clemson, South Carolina, Illinois, East Carolina, C-USA, Kentucky and Tulane.
Which of these schools contacts you the most regularly?
Well right now the coaches aren’t allowed to call us but I normally try to speak with each of these schools every week. I’m remaining very open minded because it’s still pretty early in the process.
Talk about your Junior Day experience at Clemson. What were the highlights of your trip?
The best part of my trip had to be when my family and I sat down with Coach Swinney, one on one and he explained to us that at Clemson I’d receive a great education just as I would at a larger school but with less distractions because of the small town atmosphere. He said that the people I would be surrounded by are all at Clemson because of the school’s tradition for having great academics. And with facilities like Vickery Hall I would have less of a problem adjusting to college classes.
On your trip did you spend any time with any current Tigers or coaches?
Well, Bashaud Breeland actually played football at my high school so I know him really well however he was home the weekend that I came on my visit. But I spent a lot of time with my recruiter Coach Hobby and Coach Steele.
What do you think your strongest quality is as a football player that makes you such a desirable recruit?
I’d have to say the fact that I study a lot of film. I’m always trying to better my game and watching film helps me a lot. Also my leadership skills, I’m a leader on and off the field so I think that’s something that college coaches are looking for during the recruiting process.
With National Signing Day last month, how excited are you for next year to sign your own Letter of Intent?
I’m very excited. Right now I’m taking my time visiting schools because I want to see what they have to offer me and I want to find the perfect fit.
Lastly, what is the main thing that you look for when you go visit universities?
The most important thing to me is academics, so I would like play for a coach that stresses academics and gives his players outlets to better their education. I also look at the coaching staff and if I could see myself playing for them and getting along with them. Lastly I look at the current players and prospects that the university is recruiting because I’m going to have to spend the next four years of my life with these guys and will be spending a lot of time with them so I need to be able to feel comfortable around them and form a bond with them.