Posted: 1:05 am Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Georgia’s newest 5-star talks about UGA 

By Michael Carvell

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3228696840001

Shortly after 5-star Rashad Roundtree heard the news that UGA safety Josh Harvey-Clemons had been dismissed from the team on Tuesday, Roundtree said he got a Twitter direct message from Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

“He said the safety spot is wide open for anybody take it,” Roundtree told the AJC. “Coach Richt said that’s the role he wants me to play, and I could fill those shoes.”

It wasn’t the first time that Richt had reached out directly to Roundtree after there was some big news out of UGA – which goes to show how much of a priority that the junior from Lakeside-Evans High School is for the Bulldogs. Shorty after UGA hired a new defensive coordinator, Roundtree also got a DM from Richt.

“Coach Richt let me know about (Jeremy Pruitt), and he asked me how I felt about it,” Roundtree said. “I thought it was a great move.

“Talking to Coach Richt almost on a daily basis is pretty cool. It’s a huge honor, especially with it being Mark Richt, the head coach of the University of Georgia. You can’t get better than that.”

Roundtree also talked to Auburn’s Gus Malzhan over the phone this week. The Tigers have extended a scholarship offer.

“He (Malzhan) really liked my film,” Roundtree said. “He was talking about how explosive I was and how I remind him of some other key players. It meant a lot to me knowing that he personally looked my film and could tell me how they wanted to use me.”

In the above video, Roundtree breaks down his favorite schools, and gives reasons why he likes UGA, Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State.

  • What does he like about UGA?
  • What does he like about Alabama?
  • When will he commit?

Also this week, Roundtree was bumped up to a 5-star by Rivals.com – one of three Georgia players receiving that honor, along with Westover defensive tackle Trenton Thompson and North Gwinnett offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt.

Here’s video of Roundtree shrugging 225 pounds like he’s Popeye …

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49 comments
Charlestondog
Charlestondog

I guess Saban is not as good as a coach as I thought.  Offenses change to beat him and he has to try and bully his way to get them to slow down through rule changes?  What's wrong Saban:  you cannot adapt?  

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Coach Richt also promised Roundtree he would be playing his Bowl games where it's warm in either Tampa or Orlando. Go Dogs

Gandolph
Gandolph

Articulate kid.  Kudos to his dad for raising him right.


That's the kind of kid that UGA wants.  Hope the Dawgs get him.

Coach7
Coach7

If h's "SMART"  He'll go to BAMA. They send their DB to the NFL. UGA sends them home!

Dawg350
Dawg350

We are sending a lot of offers out....love and commit to the 'G'!

zulucanibal
zulucanibal

Why does the Atl media call it Lakeside-Evans? I get there is another lakeside in the state but Lakeside isnt in Evans, its in Martinez. Look up the address...Roundtree is really good by the way.

Caius
Caius

"Khalil Mack, who was considered a two-star recruit coming out of Fort Pierce (Fla.) Westwood, had only one scholarship offer. … to Buffalo. He took it."

"Some consider him the best defensive player in the draft and he should be available when the Falcons pick at sixth overall."

See Ledbetter's ajc article.


So much for stars.


RandyHall
RandyHall

Keep the best in the State,,,agree on Thompson @ DT....Smith @ LB....Roundtree @ S...need more OL and T Ball needs to get either P Williams or G Campbell...all Asst Coaches producing!!  

Dawg350
Dawg350

We loading up on this 2015 class! Round tree is a beast! Dawgs will win a minimum of 12 games next year. Nothing to it but to Pruitt!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

so where are all you richt uga haters now?  he said it himself talking to richt YOU CANT GET BETTER THEN THAT.  take that nick satan.  just add one more 5 star recrut to the fold. just another day in athens.  its to easy!!!!   lol!!!

96JB
96JB

His dad is the Richmond county sheriff in Augusta. He stays pretty busy and on call. He will want to see his son play i'm sure. The 11/2 hour drive to Athens is pretty quick and easy just say'n. He's all Dawg

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Red and Black DAWG Ignores Troll's Comments

For those people that say the UGA HC doesn't recruit hard and give it his all, this young man would seem to prove them wrong. 

If he is indeed as good as some of the reports say, he could make an impact as a freshman. It is a little bit of a from transition from high school to college as UGA found out this year, but with the right coach on defense, it can be done. UGA has the right coach now at defense I believe.

It is a long way though until Feb. 2015, so a lot can happen, as far as recruiting goes. I hope UGA gets him.


Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

5 Star out, 5 Star in


Teams with a freshman safety will not win the Least nor the SEC


8-5 repeat

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Roundtree could be a true impact freshman at Uga.

The Dawgs look deep at positions like qb, cb, rb and OLB through '16 but Safety is not one of them.

Being stout up the middle is important and if Roundtree at S, Roquan at ILB and Trent Thompson at DT all commit, they will be immediate playmakers as Freshmen, along guys who will be veterans like Tray Matthews, Brendan Langley, Q Mauger, Tim Kimbrough, Leonard Floyd, Jon Taylor, Malkom Parrish, Lorenzo Carter, Jonny O'Neal, Shaq Wiggins, Shattle Fenteng, Detric Dukes, Lamont Galliard and Tramel Terry.

2015 - year 2 of the Pruitt Defense - could be monstrous if those 3 guys sign next February.

I'm 37 and have gone to 213 Uga games - the stadium/crowd is top 5 loudest in the country when we have a nasty Defense.

Since 2002, no school has appeared in the SEC championship game (6) more than UGA!

TaterTot1
TaterTot1

Looks like a great kid with his head on right. Come Rashad Roundtree and support the home team. Go Dawgs !!

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@Charlestondog actually Saban went out and recruited the kinds of guys to combat quick offenses, funny how saban is becoming the fall guy when the only person who is openly talking about this new proposed rule is Bilema...

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

That is, if they don't pull a " kick 6 " if they do, they lose their Escalade

thebucket
thebucket

@Coach7 Brandon Boykin and Sanders Commings said to tell you "hello". And that's just a couple of UGA guys in the NFL.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Coach7 if he is smart he should go where he feels he should go.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@collegeballfan  

ONE 2* recruit that out-plays his rankings and grows and put on weight and gets faster doesn't happen the majority of the time.

If you were right, then the REST OF BUFFALO'S 2* Recruits would also be headed for the NFL draft, but alas, they are NOT!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@collegeballfan the difference between a 4 star and 5 star is really not worth mentioning.  There are way too many factors that go into what makes a great football player to be quantified on a scale of 1 to 5.  That said, when you see a great athlete that seems to be able to play football and really puts his heart into it you don't pass that up no matter how many stars they are given.  That there are still many underrated players that defy the odds is what makes college football so fun.

Contractor1
Contractor1

It'll take five more five stars to match us.  Good luck.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@RedandBlackDAWG there is a slug over on Bill King's Blawg that insists that Coach Richt is just lazy and doesn't work hard at being a head coach.  Those people fall in the same boat with the "he never shows any emotion, he must not care" crowd.  I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad.  It makes me embarrassed for the human race that there are people that lack such basic perception.  Learning how to read people is a basic life skill and hardly anyone knows how to do it any more.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Delusional dog

You're busted bro....you're the buckeye! You can't fool me mr delusional!

Dawggie
Dawggie

@Phillipdj '02 '03, '05, '11, '12.  When was the 6th appearance, Phillipdj?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Phillipdj

You are one DGD. 231 games WOW. To have that many you go to a lot of away games. 

Dawg_Em_Out
Dawg_Em_Out

Champ Bailey, TIm Jennings, Rashad Jones, Rambo, Shawn Willams are a couple more

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yep.....I couldn't agree more!!!!! Go dawgs!

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@NCDawg @RedandBlackDAWGIt is sad for sure. In the military, part of our NCO academy training dealt with how to read and motivate people. Valuable lessons and always applied with as  a diverse of a field of folks you are called on to lead in the military.

thebucket
thebucket

@Dawg350 I have been suspecting that also. At least he gave up the fake OSU thing, but he's still pretty pathetic. Come on delusion, put a picture of CPJ as your avatar and support the team you love! Life is too short to be a hater.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

2014 of course! :)

I've been to 178 home games, 25 road games and 10 bowls.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 You know i cant bet against the dawgs in that game, the odds would not be in my favor. How many points you giving.

Dawg350
Dawg350

gt card

While you at go ahead and book that tech will never beat UGA again!.....book it! Dawgs will beat tech in Athens 45 -10...in 2014! On a glorious day of celebration!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

funny how you 2 are more offended by my posts you disagree with then a racist a hole spelling his name nickgerz. you all make me want to vomit.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Contractor1 LMAO! And you are just as stupid because you actually think he is a real Georgia fan.  Rich!

Contractor1
Contractor1

He's an idiot gtcaryd.  Every day he comes on here and shows it.  Comical.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucket

I guess his buckeye name got banned....that's why he changed his screen name. He must of also used another email address.