Posted: 2:03 am Friday, August 15th, 2014

UGA 5-star target talks candidly on his recruiting 

By Michael Carvell

Rashad Roundtree, the Rivals 5-star from Augusta, has always been a priority for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class.

Roundtree became even more important for UGA after the Bulldogs saw a longtime safety commit, Rico McGraw, flip to Alabama last week.

Roundtree, who is rated as a 4-star and the No. 9 overall prospect in Georgia via the 247sports composite rankings, hasn’t revealed his leader … but it is believed to be an Auburn-UGA battle.

He did name his top six schools recently, and he talks about what he likes about each one in the below video.

Also, how did McGraw’s flip affect Roundtree’s consideration of UGA since they both play safety?

What about the rumor that Roundtree was about to commit last week? And when will he publicly reveal his decision?

And where will Roundtree take his official visits? He’s already picked two, and filled in the AJC on that.

Finally, Roundtree’s father made history after being elected as Richmond County’s first black sheriff.

What about speculation that the father wants to the son to play for UGA to help out his bright political future within the state? Rashad gives a very candid answer about that in the below video.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3730691121001

132 comments
FireSomebody
FireSomebody

This is a sharp kid handling this process as well as anyone.  Best of luck to you, Rashad.

Columbus68
Columbus68

GREAT time to be a Bulldog Roundtree.  Offense is only getting BETTER every year and with Pruitt's impact the defense is going to be MUCH improved.  No more players standing around dazed and confused before the snap.  Too much to think about is over.  Now its GO GET EM!  The only thing missing will not be missing anymore.  The next 5 years are going to be the "Reign of the Georgia Bulldogs".  If not for Grantham, it would have already started 2 years ago. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

I'll have to reserve my prediction till signing day.

I'm always 100% right then.

greenedefense
greenedefense

I really can't say which school he is leaning toward!

Reaganite
Reaganite

Today's Clean Old Fashioned Bondage factiod.


In the History of Georgia Tech's D2 football program which coach has the best winning percentage at Bobby Didn't Stadium???


Bobby Ross (no), Bill Curry (no), Pepper Rogers (no), George O'Leary (no), Bill Lewis (no), Bobby Dodd (no), John Heisman (no), William Alexander (no), Chan Gaily (no), Paul Johnson (no) etc etc etc etc..


The coach with the best winning percentage at Bobby Didn't Stadium - Current UGA Head Coach Mark Richt. 

In CMR's 13 year tenure at UGA he has amassed a PERFECT 7-0 record and PERFECT 100% winning percentage at Bobby Didn't Stadium.

In comparision legendary UGA Head Coach Vince Dooley's record at Bobby Didn't Stadium was 9-3 with a 75% winning percentage over his 24 year career.  Although any GT head coach would covet a 75% winning percentage at Bobby Didn't, it's mediocre by UGA "Big Boy" Standards.

Yes fans, CMR owns Bobby Didn't Stadium like no other coach does.  When CMR is having a tough year and needs a little pick-me-up it's a simple 90 ride from Athens to Atl.

Who would have ever thunk - it's easier to score at the corner of Techwood and North Avenue than it is on Stewart Ave?  But hey, the ladies on Stewart Ave know how to fight and protect their turf when they have to.

DIT
DIT

I would not go knocking tech's recruiting. This year Johnson has a good class. Heck, I want to see them do well. Nothing would be better than playing a 1 or 2 loss tech at the end of the year. I want this rivalry to mean something again. I remember this rivalry before I even went to UGA. Growing up in So. Calif. I remember this game. Right up there with the USC / UCLA game.

Not sure it will ever happen, but would love to see it.

Reaganite
Reaganite

What's Wrong with this Picture?


Just went through the AJC Super 11.  UGA has 3 commits and 3 interested.  Most likely UGA picks up 2 of the interested and has a chance to flip to the O-Lineman currently committed to USC.


So UGA will net 4-6 of the AJC Super 11.


GT has 0 commits and 0 interested. If CPJ really buckled down and focused, maybe just maybe, GT could land the running back that is garnering interest from D2 schools.


So GT probably nets 0 of the AJC Super 11.


What's Wrong with this Picture?  ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING, UGA RUNS THIS STATE.    LMAO!!!

Techies - assume the position and if you reply please start your post with "Thank you Sir, may I have another."

thebucket
thebucket

I know this is off topic, but I am watching the replay of Bama vs. Notre Dame from 2013 and it is sickening to remember how overmatched Notre Dame was in that game and how close UGA was to hoisting the Crystal Ball.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Columbus68 You must have been doing some of that power drinking. "Reign of the Georgia Bulldawgs" ...............................................whew.....................................my side is hurting.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@HotDawg 

You can even predict which ones will not qualify and have to go to prep school or JUCO?  Wow - I am impressed,

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Even the Bear lost once or twice in the place.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Reaganite Gosh if only the preacher could accomplish something in Fred Sanford Stadium.

GTBob
GTBob

@Reaganite Are you saying that UGA beats GT frequently? Wow, this is earth shattering news. Also, Richt actually shares that 100% record with several other coaches. It is still incredibly impressive though.

GTBob
GTBob

@DIT There is too big of a talent disparity for the UGA/GT series to ever be competitive again. It is probably the least competitive "rivalry" in the last 50 years in all of college sports and is trending to be worse in the future. Personally, I think it would be more advantageous for both teams to drop the game.

DIT
DIT

Yes, that was in the 70's.

DawginNY
DawginNY

@Reaganite I wonder what's wrong with the picture that we have a hard time recruiting top offensive linemen and why we can't consistently get over half of the top 10 in our own state.  The last few years, we have only gotten 2 or 3.  LSU and OSU don't seem to have the same problem in their own back yards.

RxDawg
RxDawg

@Reaganite Maybe the UGA coaches are better at talent eval then the AJC?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Reaganite 


I think I read yesterday that Tech has the #17 rated recruiting class in the nation right now.  And Tech has to recruit nationally for players and I would expect that is related more to academic entry requirements.

GTBob
GTBob

@Reaganite lol. Always interesting when a UGA fans discovers that UGA recruits better than GT.

GTAlum
GTAlum

@Reaganite Yeah, and despite getting all those great recruits, all UGA (sic) seems to be capable of accomplishing is beating Tech.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@thebucket 


They have been close every year since 1980.  Close only counts in......well....you know.

Reaganite
Reaganite

@thebucket Agreed. Most sports writers and analysts concluded that the SEC Championship between UGA and Alabama was the real BCS Championship.

Even Saban acknowledged as much in his post game interview when he noted (on national TV) that Alabama only beat UGA by 5 yards to make it to the BCS champrio

But take refuge in the fact that in 2012 UGA beat a bunch of over-rated pansies wearing gold helmets.  As UGA has done the last 5 years in a row and the last 9/10 meetings  - UGA whipped the midtown D2 football team.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket Im not sure you should assume that UGA would have beaten Notre Dame in that game. You aren't Alabama. Sorry.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

4-19 (soon to be 4-20) is causing that pain in your side (and other places!)

HotDawg
HotDawg

Paulin.....must suck that you never impress.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@GTBob @Reaganite Bobby I went thru the comments and thank you for standing for the Tide!


Notre Dame is in a world of sheet no doubt if these rumors are close to the truth. The Pope might have problems fixing this.


Lpu Holts replied ...Sums of a Blitz

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@GTBob @DIT as much as i'd love to agree with u, i can't.

though UGA has certainly been the victor more times than not in the last decade, i'd hardly say the games haven't been competitive.

- famous reggie ball game where he threw the ball away on 4th down.  close game

- UGA favored by double digits last year at tech.  game went to OT

- UGA's pre-season #1 team.  lost to tech

- Tech was actually favored in the 2009 game.

UGA has won 12/13, but at least half of those 12 victories would be classified as competitive games.

same arguement with the ridiculous trend of games between UGA and UF from 1991 - 2010.  UGA may have only won 3, but all but may 5 of those losses were competitive games.  Now look at the series. UGA has won the last 3 and 5/10.  of those 10, only 3 were blowouts by either UGA or UF.

DIT
DIT

@GTBob - And it stinks that it has gotten that way. I live here in Florida and I see UF vs FSU and throw in Miami. The excitement is incredible. Not a fan of any of the Florida teams, but it's draws much excitement.

I don't see either dropping the other. Then again, look how much fun we would be missing out on harrassing each other if they stopped playing...........

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 Tech still focuses too much on the state of Georgia. Hopefully that continues to decline. We probably shouldn't get more than 40% of our recruits from the state.

Duberthead
Duberthead

12 of 13......Nuff said.

Oh, by the way, who in the devil chose the color of the gnats helmets? Every TV I look at it's always the color of urine. It's embarrassing the rest of the state! Change that, Pronto!

GTBob
GTBob

@Reaganite Im not sure many sport writers actually thought UGA was the 2nd best team in the country that year. Congrats on getting to the SEC title game and giving Bama a hearty warmup before they won the Championship like they usually do.

thebucket
thebucket

@GTBob @thebucket  Since you admire Saban so much you need to go back and look at is comments after the SECCG and leading up to the MNCG. He completely disagrees with your assessment of UGA's chances that year.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


Georgia would have walked all over Notre Dame.  Notre Dame was barely the 10th best team in the country that year.  And the Bama vs. Georgia game....was the national title game that year. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Don't worry your little head over how many qualify. There's always enough to beat your team.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@P_The_Ricker @GTBob @DIT

GTBob loves to minimize the importance of the UGA-GT rivalry because them Dawgs he so despises win most of the games.

Not sure who he thinks he's fooling with that weak strategy. He's been trying it without success for years.

GTBob
GTBob

@P_The_Ricker Before that Florida run UGA had won 15 of the previous 19 games. Before the current 12 of 13 run UGA has had against GT they had won 16 of 23 games against GT. Before that run, they had won 10 of 14 games against GT. GT hasn't had a decent run against UGA since the early 50's.

We had the superior team in 2009. Lost. You didn't have your starting QB last year and spotted us a 20 point lead and we still lost. You have more 4-5 star players on your team right now then GT has had in the history of its program. Just because there have been some close games doesn't mean the series is even moderately competitive. It is actually remarkable that any of the recent games have been close. 

GTBob
GTBob

@DIT Florida and FSU are both built to sustain football powerhouses. GT isn't, and never will be. The deterioration of the series is really just because of the evolution of college football. GT was never really a program that could thrive in the changing college football world. I don't think the series will end any time soon but it will eventually. Once it becomes 29 out of 30 or something like that, im sure UGA will begin to ask itself why it is giving up a home game and the last weekend of the season on such a meaningless series. If the SEC ever goes to a 9 game schedule then I think the series is in real jeopardy as well.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


They can focus on those with good academics and lower stars.  Tech is no longer capable of competing with Georgia or the top teams in the SEC for the best players in the state.  They might be able to if they ever could get back into the SEC.....maybe.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GTBob 

If sportswriters thought that UGA was the 2nd best team in CFB in 2012 you have to wonder why they only voted them #5 in the final poll

Terry1961
Terry1961

GTBob, If UGA beats Bama in the SEC Championship game, they would have gone on to play in the BCS, it really doesn’t matter, whether you, or what those sports writers, that you keep bring up think, and if you think Notre Dame could have beat UGA, then your delusional, UGA would have beat Notre Dame like a rented mule. Get real Bobby the only reason your on this Blog, is you know your Tech team will be mediocre again this year, and you just can’t stand the fact ,that UGA gets all the Love, and your team gets squat.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket What do you expect him to say? You expect him to trash another SEC team after a championship game and say that his team played worse than they should have?

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 The Bama, UGA game was Bama taking care of business. Nothing more. Has any National Champion in recent memory gotten blown out by 28 earlier in the season. What an embarrassment that would have been if a mediocre UGA team had caught Bama on a bad day and actually pulled off a miracle victory.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole I didn't say anything about the importance of the game, although I would argue that the lack of competition in the series has hurt its importance. All I said was that it isn't competitive and hasn't been since the early 50's. Im surprised a UGA fan would argue against that.

Mezark
Mezark

@GTBob @DIT Tech could sustain a great football program if they would make line play (offensive and defensive; mostly defensive) their priority in recruiting. The Paul Johnson offensive model is workable if they could stop the other team consistently. 

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 Tech hasn't been capable of it in 50 years and nothing would change at all if they moved to the SEC.

GTBob
GTBob

@Terry1961 You couldn't get within 28 points of SC but you would beat Notre Dame like a rented mule? You guys give yourselves way too much credit for the Alabama game. You coasted all season long playing nobodies, and caught Alabama on a bad day. They even spotted you an 11 point 2nd half lead and came back without breaking a sweat. Your 2012 team beat one top 20 team because they gave you the ball 6 times. You weren't that great. 

There is nothing to suggest that you would have blown out Notre Dame. They beat Stanford and Oklahoma with ease. Two teams that were probably better than UGA was.

thebucket
thebucket

@GTBob @thebucket  I expect Saban to say what he means, but I expect you to say nothing but disparaging things about UGA because you are a hater who lacks any objectivity on anything about UGA. So you can continue but I am not arguing with an idiot all afternoon.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@GTBob @thebucket I expect thats exactly what he would have said if it were the truth.  We go head to head in a lot of recruiting battles, so why would the great Saban prop up someone that he has to compete against?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob


Sometimes your biased, anti-Georgia and anti-SEC brain limits your cognitive skills.  Bama did not have a bad day that day.  Georgia played them toe to toe.  Anyone watching that game knows that Georgia was as talented on the field as Bama....almost.   

Columbus68
Columbus68

@gtcaryd if you could not beat UGA with 75% of their offensive starters plus some backups OUT in last years game PLUS Murray OUT....You will NEVER BEAT UGA AGAIN...MUCH LESS IN 2014.  YOUR BEES HAVE NO STING THAT CAN BEAT THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


I remember them winning a NC when Hamilton was the QB....and that was not 50 years ago.

Terry1961
Terry1961

GTBob, I feel sorry for you, anyone with football knowledge, knows a team gets better as the year goes on, just because UGA loss to SC early in the year, you believe, they couldn’t beat Notre Dame, you’ll say anything, to make yourself feel better about your pathetic Tech team, keep believing that delusional crap, one things for sure Bobby, UGA will win a Championship before Tech, Tech couldn’t even win their ACC Championship without cheating, and then it got took away, now that’s sad, but not half as sad as you.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket If Saban thought that his team played terrible and got lucky to escape, and you expect him to say that publicly after the game, then you are a moron. Sorry, but college football and even basic human interactions don't work that way.

GTBob
GTBob

@Nate-the-Great Because its the polite thing to do and he would catch all kinds of flack for trashing a conference member after a championship game. Can you give me any example in the history of football where the winning coach just trashed the other team after the game?

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 Really? Throwing interceptions at the goal line, playing no pass defense at all, and and giving up blocked punts for TDs is playing well? They almost gave UGA the game, but they were a little too good to give it away completely. Unlike Florida.

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 Hamilton wasn't the QB when we won the NC. Either way, it was one year. Our recruiting class the next year wasn't in the top 25 even after winning a national title. We went 8-5 with a loss to UGA, a loss to a three win SC team, and a near loss to Furman. That is how well we sustain success. 

GTBob
GTBob

@Terry1961 Early? It was the 6th game of the season. That isn't early. You followed that up by almost losing to Kentucky. You didn't exactly look stellar in your bowl game either. I also wouldn't be so sure about UGA winning a national championship first. We have won one more recently and you guys have done nothing to make us think that is going to change any time soon.

Reggie_Ball
Reggie_Ball

@GTBob @Nate-the-Great Polite thing to do, did you really say that?  When has Saban ever given a damn about the polite thing to do.


If Saban felt his team played terrible and that is why the game was close, that is exactly what he would have said.  Richt is the polite one between the two of them who would sugar coat the truth.


Come on Bob, you are supposed to be smart.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


A team nearly "gave away a game" if they win a close game. A team gives it away....or had it taken from them....if they lose a game. Truth is.....Bama won the game by inches...or a fingertip.  Georgia did not have as good a defense as Bama that day...or that year....and therefore they did not play ND for the NC.  Simple as that.  But they almost did, and they would have beaten ND easily if they had.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


Yeah....I remember the QB but not his name.  But he was a very good college QB.  And the Joe Hamilton teams were outstanding teams as well.  They will never be that good under Coach Johnson.  Never.  But they could if they were in the SEC and were able to hire an outstanding head coach. 

Terry1961
Terry1961

GTBob UGA also beat a #3 ranked Florida Team the next week after the Kentucky game, the same Florida team that beat SC 44-11, and Kentucky 38-0, and in the Nebraska game, UGA was slow in the first half, but beat the brakes off Nebraska in the second half, and that 1990 Tech NC they claim, Actually, Tech only got a piece of the National championship, and I believe it was Colorado that was given the AP #1 vote, Tech only got the UPI #1 vote, everyone knows the AP has more clout than the UPI. And as far as UGA winning a national championship before Tech, it only a matter of time, but you keep on hoping Bobby, Keep On Hoping. LOL

GTBob
GTBob

@Reggie_Ball Then give me an example of an after game interview in which Saban said the only reason the game was close was because his team played poorly. I am sure he has thought this before so it must have happened. A youtube link will be fine.

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 I don't think they would have easily beaten ND in the title game. We will just have to disagree on that point. Sorry, but with a month to prepare and get healthy, the Alabama team that slaughtered ND wasn't the same team that wet the bed against UGA, and Richt isn't half the coach that Saban is.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TampGator1 @GTBob

First you say, "I remember them winning a NC when Hamilton was the QB."

Then you say, "Yeah....I remember the QB but not his name."

Another pizz-poor job of trying to CYA.

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 We already were that good if not better under Johnson. Ross had one good year. O'Leary had two good years. CPJ so far has had two good years. Two seems to be the cap for good GT coaches. Bad or average coaches are unlikely to have any good seasons. And no, being in the SEC would not make us better. It would likely make us worse.

GTBob
GTBob

@Terry1961 Yeah, you beat Florida by a touchdown when they completely imploded and turned the ball over 6 times. A Florida team that got slaughtered by Louisville later and needed to block a punt to beat La Lafayette. Very impressive there. 

Yep, the coaches pol was meaningless in 1990 and im sure you think it is still useless. I bet LSU doesn't think its useless.

As for hoping you don't win a championship, I don't really need to hope for that. You haven't come close in over 30 years and it doesn't look like it is going to happen anytime soon. You guys should try to win an SEC title or play in a decent bowl game before you start pretending a national title is possible.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@GTBob @TampGator1 Rciht also isn't paid half as much.  You can make a similar argument against Saban that you love to make against Richt, Saban gets all the best recruiting classes but he doesn't win all the NCs.  At least UGA hasn’t had ANY top rated recruiting classes under Richt, so you can make the argument that Richt has performed to level of the talent. UGA has top third talent in the SEC with top third results most years.  On an apples to apples comparison, Richt hasn't done too bad.


You are a numbers man Bob, so my arguments should make sense but I for some reason think you won't see it that way.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


Richt is a very good coach.  He has just made bad DC hires....but I think he just fixed that. As Muschamp has made bad OC hires....and I also think he just fixed that as well.  The Florida vs. Georgia game should be an outstanding one this year.  I am going to the Florida practice at THE SWAMP in the morning and I am looking forward to seeing Roper's offense in action for the first time.  People I know that have seen it already are raving about it and the skill players executing in it.....including Driskel and some very, very talented young receivers.  Looking forward to "toe meets leather" in a couple of weeks.  

GTBob
GTBob

@Nate-the-Great Bama has won three national titles in the last 5 years and starts the season off in the top 3 pretty much every year. Its really hard to argue that they are underachieving.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@GTBob @TampGator1 And add to the comparison the money that is spent at Alabama vs UGA on recruiting and facilities, and UGA shouldn't even be on the same field much less take them to the wire.  

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 If Richt can't coach defense and can't make a hire that can coach defense then he isn't a very good coach.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob


Bama is outspending everyone else in the SEC by a ton...for recruiting, facilities, coaches, and so on and so on.  They have the money and the alumni to do so....and the fan support.  But Saban better keep on winning, as those rich alumni and crazy fans will not take kindly to losing two years in a row to Auburn. 

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@GTBob @Nate-the-Great Suppier made the argument.  And I wasn't trying to get the applause for the team but you make some really bad arguments for why Richt is such a bad coach when in fact the numbers show something else.

GTBob
GTBob

@Nate-the-Great Once again, I applaud UGA for almost pulling off the miracle victory. Unfortunately though, you didn't actually pull it off.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

I guess you can say the same for Bobby Dodd.....not a very good coach.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GTBob 


Like I posted, I think he just did in the new DC.  And Grantham was highly thought of when he was hired away from the NFL.  And obviously well thought enough off to get a million a year to go to Louisville.....but he isn't that good.  But he is not as bad as the Georgia fans now make him out to be.  Just not as good as Pruitt was at FSU. 

BrownDog
BrownDog

@TampGator1 @GTBob


Tampa, Nick Saban will coach as long as he wants regardless.  Forget the stereotypes: Alabama fans know their history, and Saban has given us one to savor

GTBob
GTBob

@Nate-the-Great UGA has a terrible record against ranked teams in the last 5 years, no major bowl appearances, no SEC championships, and a losing record against winning teams. All while having one of the most talented teams in the country. That is why I don't think Richt is a very good coach.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TampGator1 @GTBob

Grantham "highly thought of" in the NFL???

Wasn't he axed by Cleveland after guiding one of the league's worst defenses?

"He was fired on January 11, 2008 after the 2007 season with the Brown's defense ranking 25th against the pass, 27th against the run, and 30th in total-yards-against among 32 teams."

More BS from tg1.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@GTBob @Nate-the-Great We normally finish in the SEC where our teams are ranked in recruiting.  I think that the majority of you points as to why UGA is such a bad team coincides with terrible defenses.  If Pruitt is what half the fans think he is, then all your arguments will vanish.

GTBob
GTBob

@Nate-the-Great I will believe it when I see it. Personally, I don't think Richt is capable of it, but you guys will never consider that he might be the problem so best of luck to you guys on your latest DC experiment.

Mezark
Mezark

@GTBob @Nate-the-Great GTBob makes some good points. Richt is just a few seasons away from being on an extremely hot seat. Head coaches are supposed to be the ones that make sure the team is prepared to his liking. Specifically, defense should never be taken for granted; it's the number one priority. Richt neglected his duty to ensure defensive readiness.