In high school recruiting, it’s never too early to offer prospects you think could one day wind up on your campus. That was the case for Billy Napier and Florida football as they offered defensive lineman Deuce Geralds out of Georgia.
While Geralds is still three years away from donning a college uniform, we’ll dive into what Napier sees in the 2026 prospect.
Florida Football: Deuces
Listed at 6’2″ and 235 pounds, Geralds easily projects out to be an SEC-sized edge rusher when he steps on a college campus.
Playing for Collins Hill High out of Suwanee, GA, Geralds racked up 10.5 sacks and 66 total tackles (24 solo, 42 assisted) in 10 games during his freshman campaign.
His tape portrays a player that opposing defenses seemed unsure how to block. He wasn’t one to beat guys to the outside, yet he showed an effective inside move that allowed him to break through frequently.
Geralds also did well to disengage from offensive linemen to continue pursuing plays even when he seemed out of the picture.
With that said, some of his sacks were a byproduct of confusion along the offensive line that left him unblocked. And while he has an effective inside move, his overall burst off the line could be better.
But we must remember that he is still a freshman and has three more years to improve his burst and overall strength.
Geralds right now has offers from Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Tennessee, among others.
Geralds is a tricky one to evaluate. MaxPreps named him to their Freshman All-America Team for 2022, largely based on his 10.5 sacks. We wouldn’t classify Geralds as a must-have at the moment, but the recruitment process can be a marathon when pursuing class of 2026 prospects. The rest of the recruiting sites don’t even have rankings up for 2026 prospects, so there is still plenty of time for the opinions of Napier and Florida football to change.