Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national scene has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, as the hype continues to build and build for this year’s games: Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, with an encore at the same venue Jan. 10, also another one Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps now it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Kaylon Geiger from Paschal (TX) takes center stage, this time. Deservedly so, given his effort when the lights shined bright. As a member of the Class of 2017, and not afraid of the big stage, he delivered results as West defeated East, 27-24, on Dec. 22 at AT&T Stadium.
There was no shortage of talent during the recruiting cycle, as other nationwide game participants included Missouri commit Larry Borom, Washington State commit Abraham Lucas, Georgia Tech commit Pressley Harvin and Colorado State commit Ryan Stonehouse.
Despite the well-known list of names, Geiger held his own. Little has changed since. The 5-foot-10 and 180-pound graduate student wide receiver is getting the job done at Texas Tech. He’ll be in action against Kansas on Oct. 16 in Big 12 Conference game at 4 p.m. (EST).
Odds are, Geiger will have a big day. Over the course of the past month, he’s led the Red Raiders in receiving each time out, highlighted by six receptions for 121 yards in a 54-21 nonconference victory over Florida International to start the streak four weeks ago.
Before landing in Lubbock (TX), Geiger played at Troy and was unstoppable at times. As a senior for the Trojans, he finished with 64 receptions for 752 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, Geiger ended up with 77 catches for 873 yards and five touchdowns.
To think, he first started his collegiate career at Navarro College (TX). The journey figures to continue at the next level, perhaps as next as an undrafted free agent. Just yesterday, somewhat strangely as it seems, Geiger lined up in the brand’s All-American Bowl in Texas.