One of the positives of the NCAA Transfer Portal is it gives players an opportunity to go back home and play right away. That’s the case for former Syracuse DE Jatius Geer (6-6 255). He announced Thursday afternoon he will continue his career at South Carolina, roughly ninety minutes from his high school alma mater of Belton-Honea Path. He took an official visit with the Gamecocks last weekend.
Geer may be able to help address a serious need on the Gamecocks’ defense. They lost two contributors from last season at the edge position in Jordan Burch and Gilbur Edmond, who transferred to Oregon and Florida State respectively. They combined for 99 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
In his two seasons with the Orange, Geer collected 34 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Geer becomes the 11th transfer from another program to commit to or join the Gamecocks for the 2023 season.
Here’s more on Geer from his Syracuse bio:
Career Overview: Emerged as a starting defensive end in his second season with the Orange … Enters the 2023 season having appeared in 14 games with 12 starts in his collegiate career … Has 34 career tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a PAT block in his career.
Redshirt Freshman Year (2022): Appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts at defensive end … Finished the year with 33 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick … His 3.5 sacks ties for the fifth most by an Orange freshman in program history … His sack and TFL totals were fourth on the team in 2022 and second among defensive linemen … Finished the season with a tackle for loss in four-straight games … Key piece of a defensive unit that finished in the season 14th nationally in passing defense (184.8) and 21st in total defense (328.6) … Made his first collegiate start against Louisville (9/3) … Had his first multi-tackle game with three against Purdue (9/17) … Had four tackles, a pass deflection and a career-best three QB hurries against Virginia (9/23). He also blocked a PAT in the third quarter against the Cavaliers, something that would loom large in a two-point victory for the Orange … Made three tackles against Wagner (10/1) … Set new career highs with five tackles and 1.5 sacks in the win over NC State (10/15) … Made two tackles at Clemson (10/22) … Had three tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Notre Dame (10/22) … Finished with two tackles and a tackle for loss against Florida State (11/12) … Made four tackles and a sack at Wake Forest (11/19) … Notched three tackles and a tackle for loss at Boston College (11/26) … Finished with a pair of tackles and a TFL in the Pinstripe Bowl vs. Minnesota (12/29).
Redshirt Year (2021): Appeared in one game with one solo tackle against UAlbany in his collegiate debut (9/18).
High School: Rated three stars by 247 Sports.com … Recorded 10 sacks, 40 TFL and 72 tackles as a senior … Two-time team captain at Belton-Honea Path … Helped Belton-Honea Path to an 8-4 record and a South Carolina AAAA second-round playoff appearance as a junior.