Posted: 11:59 pm Friday, April 18th, 2014

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and UGA assistants bump into 5-star at the Masters 

By Michael Carvell

While working at the Masters golf tournament last week, 5-star Rashad Roundtree bumped into some celebrities and college football coaches.

Roundtree, who is a rising senior safety at Lakeside-Evans High School, worked as a sales assistant and stock person in the main pro shop at Augusta National for the second year in a row.

5-star Rashad Roundtree (JDMphotos)

5-star Rashad Roundtree (JDMphotos)

Roundtree, who was easily recognizable by his hair, said he heard “Go Dawgs” from around 30 UGA fans.

Among the celebrities Roundtree saw during the week were Johnny Manziel, Alonzo Mourning and Condoleezza Rice.

On Saturday, Roundtree looked up and saw Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn.

“I think (Malzahn) gets tickets and is out there every year,” Roundtree said. “I really didn’t get the chance to speak to him, so I just shook his hand and said hey. Other people started recognizing him then, I believe.”

The next day, Roundtree said he bumped into UGA’s coordinators, Jeremy Pruitt and Mike Bobo. “I just told them hello. We didn’t have much time to talk because I was on the clock.”

Give Auburn and UGA credit for finding one of the most creative and unique ways in NCAA history to get exposure to a 5-star prospect.

(How many college coaches reading this are thinking “I sure hope there’s another 5-star working at the Masters next year so I can convince our boosters to get me tickets?”)

Back to Roundtree: Ironically, even though he hasn’t listed any leaders, UGA and Auburn are considered the two frontrunners for his services.

“I was impressed,” Roundtree said. “It’s fun to have everybody come and see you.”

Roundtree won’t be visiting anywhere this weekend because he has his high school prom. He is still deciding on other college visits this spring.

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18 comments
Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Great story and a good read, I think he handled it well and respect his attitude for working and having the presence of mind in knowing he was on the clock and work comes first.


Rashad did his parents and community proud.

Kudo's... 


Go Dawgs!

Peachs
Peachs

I wonder if Jeremy Pruitt and Mike Bobo were a reaction to Gus Malzahn meeting Roundtree Saturday or they had tickets like Gus and go every year. Let’s get real, I don't think many high school five stars think about the Master’s as a venture to hang out. Tiger may be the only black pro on the tour and he was not there, this year.What I am curious about is did the old ball coach have a hand in this kid working the pro shop during the tournament?

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

 And your point is ,,,,,,,   Sounds to me like too many folks slipped by security and gained entrance to The Masters tournament.

HotDawg
HotDawg

What a surprise....When the news of Roundtree working the Masters appeared In an article last week, I said the pro shop was gonna be bombarded with people trying to sway him.

And it is a heck of a reason to ask a booster or expense the athletic dept. for Masters tix. Get to be at the Masters. What a life.

Gopher86
Gopher86

Gus Malzahn had the LUCKIEST YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF COACHING, and everybody has anointed him GOD in Auburn.  Funny thing is wasn't Gene Chitzek the same in 2010?

Gopher86
Gopher86

Kids a DAWG LOCK, bank on it!

BCB
BCB

And?

TU
TU

Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.

CONFUCIUS


gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Coach's are going to get his azz fired!

BulldawgRick
BulldawgRick

Echo the Jackets comments...

Also that he's "on the clock" & not saying more than  "Hi" to the coaches..

I have to wonder if Bubba winning might sway him to Dawg?!?

WDE
WDE

Seems like he has his head on straight , he didn't have time to talk to the coaches cause he was on the clock...I like it!!  Best of luck to the young man !

JacketMan
JacketMan

Regardless of who he signs with, I have to say I'm impressed that he's not egotistical that he's above working like every other teenager at a Country Club, even if it's an "event". I was even more impressed that he was more concerned about doing his job than being noticed.

This is they type of kid you really pull for. Best of luck, young man. You've done your family proud.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Glad it wasn't Nick then again Mike could have gotten at least 200 comments if Nick had broken the rule made in his name. Just kidding Mike.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Peachs....Was Roundtree forced to work the Masters??? As you say, you "don't think many high school five stars think about the Masters as a venture to hang out."

If he was forced by a coach to work somewhere he didn't want to work, that would be a lousy way to recruit a kid.

Think peachs.

And news flash....kids have jobs in high school. This is one type.

I worked in a pro shop in school. I wish it was at the Masters.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Peachs.....Augusta National has had a program to hire local high school kids for the Masters, for many years. Roundtree has worked it for last two. He is not alone. And many others are just normal high school kids. Not all high profile recruits.

Nothing nefarious about it.

And many people are lucky enough to be invited to go to Masters though great connections in life. Whether they pay for a badge or not. Are you inferring Pruitt and Bobo did something elicit and are not allowed to go? And that only people that pay, whether malzahn did or not, should be there? I've known quite a few "normal" people who have been given passes to the Masters through companies they work for or invites by friends.

They are all very excited to go.

If your jealous, that's your problem.

Go Dawgs!

HotDawg
HotDawg

P.S. peachs.....are you also saying that people that aren't lucky enough to get a badge and go "every year" are less fans of the Masters?

One of the most prestigious, toughest and/or most expensive passes to get out of all sports.

Yes, some people are bigger fans than others. But some people that are lucky enough to go once, if not more, in their life are there to experience the beauty and atmosphere of the Masters. Regardless of whether they are a big golf fan or not.