Cerritos' Roundtree likes to make an impact

Over the past few years, Cerritos has had its share of top safeties and with players like S Daniel Roundtree (6-2, 205) the tradition continues. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented prospect recently and he filled us in on what makes him such a special player as well as which FBS schools have let him know they like what he brings to the table...

As a prep, Roundtree enjoyed a solid career at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida and he expected to sign with Kansas State, but things didn't work out the way he had planned.

"When coach (Ron) Prince and the staff were let go, I didn't have an offer anymore," Roundtree told JCFootball.com. "When coach (Bill) Snyder took over, he and his staff wanted to bring in some JC players to help right away and I didn't have my offer anymore."

While he was unable to find a four-year school to sign with, Roundtree decided to go the JC route and signed with El Camino where he played in 2009, but an ankle injury forced him to miss the 2010 season and he decided to make the move to Cerritos to continue his career.

"I had surgery on my (right) ankle and was recovering and I just felt like Cerritos was a better place for me," Roundtree said. "They have a great tradition of getting their safeties moved on to four-year schools and I just wanted to get a fresh start after I missed the (2010) season."

On the recruiting front, things have been busy for Roundtree with plenty of schools showing him how much they like what he can do.

"I have had a lot of schools talking to me and keeping in touch," Roundtree said. "Most of the Pac 12 has talked to me, but Oregon State, Cal, Colorado and Utah have been the ones that have talked to me the most.

"I also have heard a lot from Arkansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Colorado State, UNLV, San Diego State and Nevada too.

"I still don't have an offer, but I think schools just want to see how my ankle has healed up before they offer me."

With his ideal size and athleticism, Roundtree is a force in the secondary and he said one of the main reasons is because he likes to be in the middle of the action.

"I like to make an impact," Roundtree said. "I like being in he middle of the action and that usually calls for me to play in the box.

"In high school I played everywhere. I played both free safety and strong safety and I even played some corner. I'm versatile and I just make plays and that's what I have a chance to do this season from my strong safety spot."

Roundtree is on pace to graduate in December and, as of now, he will have two years to play two following the season. However, he is trying to apply for a medical redshirt so he can retain a year of eligibility and if that happens he would have three years to play two.

We will continue to keep track of Roundtree's progress and we will update news as it happens.

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