Analysis: Gophers receive a commitment from Illinois tight end Jameson Geers

by: Daniel House

Photo via: Hudl

The Gophers have received a commitment from Illinois tight end Jameson Geers. He chose Minnesota over offers from Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Illinois, Louisville, Purdue and others. The 6-foot-5, 223-pound tight end ranks No. 19 nationally among tight ends in the 2021 class, according to 24/7 Sports Rankings.

At the Opening Regional, Geers posted a 4.98 40-yard dash, 4.53-second shuttle and 30.6-inch vertical jump. Geers played both tight end and defensive end on the gridiron. He also participated in basketball and track and field (100-meter, shot put, discus and triple jump).

He is a very physical player and picked up extra yardage when facing contact. In the clips below, Geers looked solid as an in-line blocker. There were several reps where he locked up with defenders and finished blocks. With his versatility and intermediate receiving skills, the Gophers added a tight end that fits their system well. New co-offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr.’s Utah State roster featured tight ends with similar measurements and playing styles. While investigating Sanford’s past games, I noticed how tight ends were used out of multiple different alignments, including detached. If past trends align, one can expect tight ends to be utilized more in Minnesota’s offense. Geers will fit in the system well because of his versatility and physical skills.

Here’s his film:



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