Deonte Geddis has a small frame for a college football player but he doesn’t let that prevent him from making stops.
Geddis, a 5-foot-6, 190-pound safety who played his high school ball for the Summerville Green Wave, has been an impact player for Emory and Henry College in Virginia the past two seasons. He played in all nine games for the NCAA Division III college his freshman year when he finished fifth on the team for tackles with 36 stops including 3.5 tackles for a loss.
Despite missing two games as a sophomore this season, Geddis currently ranks eighth on the team for tackles with 32 stops including 15 unassisted tackles and four tackles for a loss.
Last week, Geddis recovered a fumble to help the Wasps to a 38-22 win over Guilford and improve to 6-3 on the season with a 5-2 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The defensive back’s role on the team could become more important as the Wasps lose athletes to graduation the next two years.
As a linebacker for the Green Wave, Geddis made more than 125 tackles as a senior to help Summerville advance to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time since Joe Call took over the program. Also used as a running back and kick returner, he received multiple all-region honors for Summerville and was a member of the Green Wave Baseball team.
Geddis isn’t the only Emory and Henry player with a connection to Summerville. Emory and Henry quarterback Hunter Taylor was a part of the Green Wave Football program before he transferred to Stratford. For more on Taylor’s contributions to the Wasps’ team, see the Nov. 6 print edition of the Summerville Journal Scene.