Knoch shot putter Geist picks Arizona

Written by Mike White on .

Sunday was a day for big recruiting news for two big WPIAL athletes.

Beaver Falls defensive end Donovan Jeter made a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan. Jeter had committed to Notre Dame in September, but backed out of that commitment last week. He visited Michigan this weekend and decided to commit to the Wolverines.

Meanwhile, one of the best shot putters in the history of U.S. high school track and field made his decision. Jordan Geist, a senior at Knoch High School, decided on the University of Arizona.

Geist was offered scholarships from schools across the country. In the spring, Arizona State was probably his favorite. But Arizona came on and finished first on Geist's list.

Geist's next two top choices were Indiana and Mississippi. He will sign a binding letter of intent with Arizona during the NCAA's week-long early-signing period in November.

Geist has been setting numerous records the past few years. He holds WPIAL and PIAA records in the shot put, winning the PIAA shot put this year with a throw of 74 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Not only did Geist set a PIAA record, he became only the fourth athlete to throw 74 feet in the history of U.S. high school track and field.

Geist also has won WPIAL and PIAA championships in the discus.

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