Posted: 2:11 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Notebook: Unknown status for top Auburn recruit, Georgia kids rise in rankings 

By Michael Carvell

New 5-star Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside-Evans (AJC)

New 5-star Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside-Evans (AJC)

One of Auburn’s top football recruits has been reportedly cleared two drug-related felony charges but his future status with the Tigers is unknown.

Camden County High School’s Kalvaraz Bessent indicated in a tweet that he expected to enroll at Auburn this summer. On Tuesday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he has not made a final decision.

“Nothing has changed,” Malzhan told al.com. “We’re still gathering information, and once I make a decision, I’ll let you know.”

Even though Bessent has had his felony charges dismissed, there are still other issues. As al.com’s Kevin Scarbinsky explained, “Why was he one of four people in a car that contained bags of marijuana, a scale and a loaded handgun? Was it as simple as a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?”

NEW GEORGIA 5-STAR

Rivals.com released it’s new rankings, and safety Rashad Roundtree has been bumped up to a 5-star. He’s the safety from Lakeside-Evans who has 30+ offers, including UGA and Georgia Tech. Roundtree’s father is the sheriff in Augusta. Wrote Rivals.com’s Woody Wommack: “Roundtree came from off the radar to five-star status in just a matter of months. Players like him are what make doing the job fun, because it just shows that there are still hidden gems out there. Roundtree gained traction with a strong showing at the Elite Junior Classic practices and game and it only takes one look at his film to realize he’s a special talent at safety. He’s physical and hits like a ton of bricks, but has the speed to cover as well. His star is still on the rise and I’m excited to see him match up with the best during the upcoming camp season.” Roundtree (No. 17 overall by Rivals) isn’t ranked as high by the other recruiting services, but that could change in the future. Personally, I like it because I get tired of seeing the same kids ranked in the top 50 by all the recruiting services. It’s good to see vastly different opinions. Note: The other Georgia 5-stars are North Gwinnett offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and Westover defensive tackle Trenton Thompson.

GEORGIA LB ON RISE

Another guy who bumped up significantly (from non-ranked to No. 77 nationally) was Macon County outside linebacker Roquan Smith. Wrote Rivals.com: “Smith is a guy who really jumps out when you watch him on film, mainly because of his long, lengthy frame. He’s a guy who’s just as good in the coverage game as well as he is against the run, making him the ideal linebacker to contend with spread offenses. He’s still going to need to bulk up a little, but with his range, he’s only going to get better as he continues to develop.” Smith recently made unofficial visits to both UGA and Georgia Tech.

WHO IS NO. 1?

The release of the new Rivals rankings, of course, impacted the 247sports.com composite rankings – which combines the rankings of 247, ESPN, Scout and Rivals. And the nation’s new No. 1 prospect is defensive tackle Trenton Thompson of Westover High School. He’s uncommitted, but has mentioned UGA as his leader since last year.

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22 comments
JFKDawg
JFKDawg

Have the little soldier boy take a pee test.  If it comes back clear, victim of circumstance.  If he's rollin' dirty, Auburn will promote him to first string.

Coach7
Coach7

Sure he was cleared! Just like Newton, Marshall, Dyer etc. They did not kill anyone. Why is everyone always picking on the barners.

Armydawg
Armydawg

Why is there even a question about Auburn admitting this guy?  Auburn is the sewer program of the SEC, nothing has changed in that respect.

gomdawg
gomdawg

OldFan, you need to get a life 


OldFan
OldFan

Ha Ha Ha........UGA folks....sweep around your own background.....and be sure to bring out those Black Helmets and Black Jerseys sometime this year.  Along with the same logo "G".....it's Grambling in the SEC!!!!!!!  We got a good chuckle watching ya'll come out of that tunnel in Jacksonville..LMAO!!!!!  Beautiful??????  Go Grambling!!!!!!!

SLR
SLR

Don't worry!! The school with no principles in Auburn, AL will certainly welcome him into their "family".

Andy123
Andy123

Did they say this actually went to the grand jury? 

MIghtyUGADawg
MIghtyUGADawg

I guess that now Carvell is going to have to stop referring to Hyatt as the best player in Georgia.

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

We are talking about the BARN, Right?  You can bet your mortgage he will make it to the plains. 


A common parking ticket would take more time to fix then it took to have those charges dropped.  LOL



WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Mke,

I see how difficult it can be to write an article, report recruiting ,  and at the same time pander to Ga.

You are pretty talented. I could bash Ga, but I don't think I could report recruiting at the same time.

RTR   

Dawg350
Dawg350

I can't wait for Trenton Thompson to commit to the "G"! UGA gonna be stacked in 2015!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Malzahn has way too much pressure on him from the power money players to not accept Bessent. Somebody got paid a lot of money to make everything go away.  This pretend caring about the details will go away just like the charges. I actually don't think Bessent was the leader of this group but he was a player and knew how much Pot was in the car and that there was a loaded pistol in the car. Guilty by association use to mean something and rightfully so.

If Malzahn accepts this guy and  it was me I would make it real clear the he is on a one strike status. Mess up any and he is gone.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@Armydawg It must really chap your ego to have a losing all time record against the "sewer program"....that makes you pretty crappy I suppose.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@SLR You username must stand for Silly Losing Redneck.

mrcvsj
mrcvsj

@MikeBanning  In a previous article, it said the car belonged to him, but he was in the passenger seat and a 21 year old was driving it.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@MikeBanning there was an edit feature and it went away.  What I do is copy the text, delete the post and paste it into a new post and edit.  A little clunky but it works.