Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More is home to one of the state’s most physically imposing linemen in Geoff Berniard.
At 6-foot-8 and 325 pounds, Berniard towers over most of his prep competition and projects as a fine offensive tackle on the next level. He’s already received scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Duke and Louisiana-Lafayette while drawing interest from the likes of LSU, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Oregon.
“Mississippi State is probably recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “I went to camp there this summer, and they seemed to really like me. I had a good time there. I liked the coaching staff. They were really good to be around.
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“They’re in my top four right now with Tennessee, Florida State and LSU. I’ve been to Mississippi State and LSU for camp, so I know what they’re like, but I want to go to the other two schools at some point this season and see what they’re like. I think I’ll have scholarship offers from all of them before too long.”
Berniard said he’d like to play in the SEC if possible.
“I’ve always been a big SEC fan,” he said. “I’ve watched those three teams a lot. They’re big-name schools with a lot of tradition.”
Other keys in his recruitment include "my relationship with the offensive line coach, the facilities and, even though I'd probably like to play as a freshman, I probably need the opportunity to redshirt. I want to get stronger and have that year to learn if possible."
Academically, Berniard maintains a 2.5 GPA and has scored an 18 on the ACT. He’s waiting on his SAT scores.