Ronald Geohaghan, a safety from Fairfax (S.C.) Allendale Fairfax, was not discouraged when he tore the ACL in his left knee at a combine last spring.
If anything, it gave him further motivation.
"After the doctors told me, it didn't really bother me," Geohaghan told Rivals.com. "I watched the NFL, and a lot of the guys there tore ACLs and still get paid millions of dollars. I just took it as something to make me work harder, and to play like every play is your last. It made me think, 'Am I working harder than guys in other states that already have offers?' Every day you don't train is a day you can never get back."
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Nearly a year after his injury took place, the 6-foot, 185-pound Geohaghan is back to 100 percent. And in the month of February, college offers have started to roll in. On Thursday, East Carolina became the latest to pull the trigger. Previously, Clemson, Illinois, Kentucky and Tulane also extended offers, with Clemson being the first. Geohaghan recently told Tigerillustrated.com the Tigers were his "No. 1" at the moment.
"Most schools want me as a strong safety," Geohaghan said. "I'm still evaluating all my schools to see what they have to offer more than football. I've been to junior days at Georgia Tech and South Carolina. I'm going to go to Clemson next Saturday. Down the road, I plan on visiting Duke, N.C. State and Kentucky."
After his injury in 2010, Geohaghan needed six months to recover. When he returned to the field, he shined.
"I missed the first three games," he said. "I played in seven games, and was third-team all-state."
As Geohaghan begins preparing for his final season in high school, one thing is certain: He isn't taking the attention he's receiving from colleges for granted.
"It would be exciting for any player, but for me, it just makes me more humble," he said. "I'm more humble on and off the field. Some guys don't have any offers right now. God has blessed me."