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

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 “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’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 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’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.


Another guy who bumped up significantly (from non-ranked to No. 77 nationally) was Macon County outside linebacker Roquan Smith. Wrote “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.


The release of the new Rivals rankings, of course, impacted the 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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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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