Aquinas linebacker Geaney to walk on at USF
We're starting to get our first word of players who were passed over on signing day accepting invitations to walk on with the Bulls. With the number of former walk-ons in significant roles at USF -- Ben Williams and Jake Sims this fall, for starters -- it's hardly anything trivial anymore.
One name to add to the list of incoming Bulls: Chase Geaney, a linebacker and co-captain from powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, which won a state championship last fall after reaching the title game for the fourth time in four years.
Geaney, much like incoming freshman Quavon Taylor, is undersized at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, and like Taylor, he's played in a leadership position at a high level of high school football. Geaney, playing at middle and outside linebacker with a bit of defensive end, had 57.5 tackles -- third-most on a stacked Aquinas defense -- and 10 tackles for loss. He drew interest from I-AA schools and Ivy League schools (more on that in a sec) but liked the idea of staying close to home at USF.
"I'm very excited," said Geaney (GAIN-ee). "I was looking to stay in Florida, and I had a Bright Futures scholarship, so it made a lot of sense."
Geaney was accepted into Yale and Dartmouth and was being recruited by Harvard, but said the Ivy League wasn't a reasonable option financially. He graduated with a 4.1 weighted grade-point average, was a member of the National Honor Society and scored a 1280 on the SAT.
Geaney might just be the beginning for USF and St. Thomas Aquinas, as the Bulls are recruiting three rising senior receivers -- Dwayne Difton, who briefly committed to USF, as well as Gabe Holmes and Duron Carter.
(photo courtesy Aquinasfootball.com)