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Georgia D-line commit eager to get to work
Defensive tackle Ian Geffrard
Future Arkansas defensive tackle Ian Geffrard wrapped up his high school career last week and is now wondering how his senior season went by so fast.
“I was talking to a couple of other seniors before I started playing my senior year and they said it goes by fast. I’m looking back on it now and they were not lying,” Geffrard said.
Geffrard, 6-6, 365 pounds, of Mableton (Ga.) Whitefield Academy, publicly pledged to the Razorbacks on June 20, one day after his official visit to Fayetteville.
Prior to his commitment, he accumulated scholarship offers from Auburn, Texas, Mississippi State, Boston College, Louisville, Duke, Georgia Tech and other schools. He officially visited Boston College and Auburn before his Arkansas trip.
He will be back in Fayetteville for the first time since his commitment this weekend to attend the Razorbacks’ game against No. 14 Ole Miss.
“Just seeing the environment down there,” Geffrard said of what he wants to experience. “It’s kind of funny, I kind of committed out of nowhere, even for myself. I just want to see what it’s like as a recruit before I actually do go play.”
Getting to Fayetteville was complicated because most kickoff times are typically not announced until the Monday of the week prior to the game, which makes planning difficult.
“A plane ticket is pretty expensive, too, because none of the times for the games were really (ideal),” Geffrard said. “We really couldn’t plan and I didn’t want to miss school either, so it was a lot. But at the same time, it was on us essentially, but we got it done.”
Geffrard, who is a spring graduate and plans to report to Fayetteville next June, said he is ready to suit up under Arkansas defensive line coach Deke Adams and defensive coordinator Barry Odom.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Geffrard said. “With what a lot of players do have to say, I’m looking forward to being coached by him and then Coach Odom, too, because what of he’s done with the defensive unit, as well.”
A consensus 3-star recruit, Geffrard recorded 43 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries, 3 sacks and 1 recovered fumble this season.
He said he weighed around 350 pounds prior to covid-19, but added weight during the pandemic only to level out at his current weight for the past two seasons.
“I know I learned my lesson, for sure, to just not go overboard,” Geffrard said of his eating. “That’s pretty much what happened before I learned to turn a lot of it into muscle. The highest I was, it was March of 2021.
“I was 400 (pounds) and then I went back down.”
Geffrard and the other 22 commitments in Arkansas’ 2023 class communicate in a group text and by phone. He said the pledges are hoping to make it to Fayetteville on the same date for in-person bonding.
“We’re just trying to figure out a time that we can all go and bond,” he said. “Just meet each other in person instead of talking through the phone because that’s much different.”
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