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Three-star defensive tackle and Arkansas signee on his 'why': 'I play for my family.'

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Three-star defensive tackle, Ian Geffrard, committed to the University of Arkansas on June 20th this past summer and signed with the Razorbacks on Early Signing Day on December 21. While Geffrard’s journey panned out the way he would have wanted to, he’s always remained determined and focused when things didn’t go as planned.

Geffrard spoke with me Saturday afternoon in an interview on Instagram Live to talk his recruitment and more.

Ian Geffrard Interview

Geffrard is a 6-foot-6, 350-pound defensive tackle from Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. According to 247sports, who has him listed as an offensive tackle, he is ranked as the No. 93 offensive tackle, the No. 109 recruit in Georgia, and the No. 1,122 recruit in the country.

While Geffrard was projected as an offensive tackle throughout his recruitment, the coaching staff at Arkansas felt the best fit for him would be at defensive tackle. He played both offensive and defensive line in high school, so making the switch was something he would be familiar with.

“They have me at defensive line, so I’ll be playing defensive tackle at Arkansas,” Geffrard said. “I spoke to the offensive line coach, and he told me the situation where I’m switched, and then the defensive line coach came next week. So it was kind of on the fly, but I was able to go with the flow, and honestly, I probably like defense a little more.”

Just as the coaching staff knew what was best for him, Geffrard also knew that being at Arkansas would be best for his career. While considering schools like Auburn and Mississippi State, Geffrard just got the feeling he needed to be at Arkansas.

“Arkansas had a little bit of everything that I needed,” Geffrard said. “It had good people, good fanbase, and then Coach Pittman, I know with offensive line and defensive line, he’s one of the best in the country to do it, and that was definitely something that turned me closer to Arkansas over other schools.”

While Geffrard won’t be enrolled at Arkansas until the summer, many of his future teammates chose to enroll on campus early. Despite this, he’s made good bonds with some of his fellow signees at different events and visits they’ve been able to meet at.

“We talk a lot, I keep in touch with a few of them,” Geffrard said. “There were a few of them at the All-American Bowl in December. It was me, Alex Sanford, Quincy Rhodes Jr., and Paris Patterson Jr. as well. There was a lot of bonding time to get ready and get to know each other before we actually end up seeing each other every day at practice and stuff.”

Geffrard takes pride in keeping a tunnel vision throughout his high school career, but what he thinks sets him apart is that he doesn’t play for himself.

“I play for my family, specifically my mom,” Geffrard said. “She helped me with a lot of the things that got me to where I am when it comes to recruiting and football, just life in general.”

Playing with that mindset led him to the University of Arkansas, where he will enroll and start practices this summer.

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