Dawg Post Review: Rashad Roundtree

Dean Legge reviews every member of Georgia's class of 2015 - today Rashad Roundtree

Rashad Roundtree

Safety

Lakeside – Evans, Ga.

6-1/195

Stars: 4

No. 239 overall player in the country

No. 18 S in the country

No. 20 overall player in Georgia

Ohio State and Auburn seemed like a real destination for Rashad Roundtree heading into the summer. But over time the lure of playing for the Bulldogs was too much to avoid.

“With much prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to verbally commit to play college football at the University of Georgia,” Roundtree announced on Twitter in early November.

After coming back from an official visit to Ohio State the week before, it looked like Roundtree was heading to play in Columbus. But Jeremy Pruitt had a plan for recruiting Roundtree during his visit to Athens in October - tell him the truth.

“Coach Pruitt talked to me, and he was telling me how bad they need me,” Roundtree said. “I had a meeting with Coach Richt, too. He talked to me, and he just wants what is best for me. The coaches were just glad to get me back to visit one more time before my commitment date, and it was great there.”

The four-star prospect was a major get for Georgia later in the recruiting cycle.

HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 239 player nationally, No. 18 Safety in the country… Dawg Post No. 20 ranked player in Georgia… Member of Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2014 Super 11; 2013 and 2014 AJC Class AAAAA All-State Teams… Named to the 2013 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAA Second Team Defense… 2015 Under Armour All-American… 2013 Region 2-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year… 2013 All-County player of the year

SCOUTING: Roundtree is a safety that is going to play early on the next level, and it will not be just on special teams. He is a smart player, he has good size, and physically he can compete right away. He is a real presence in the secondary. He can bring the big hit or make a play on the ball with well above average ball skills. His speed downhill is a real strength as well. He still needs to improve his overall coverage skills. - Chad Simmons

LEGGE’S QUESTION: How will Roundtree transition from essentially playing center field for Lakeside to playing safety at Georgia?

LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Roundtree is an excellent prospect, but he’s going to have to be more productive in terms of playmaking in order to get onto the field. Georgia did a great job making sure that he stayed in state. He’s got great ball skills and can hit. The learning curve is going to be steep, but he’s going to get his shot to play early because of the lack of depth in the secondary.


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