UGA got some much-needed help in the defensive secondary when Rashad Roundtree committed to the Bulldogs on Friday.
Roundtree, who is ranked as a 5-star safety by Rivals, picked UGA over Ohio State and Duke.
“I just think from the beginning that Rashad had a really good connection with the Georgia staff,” Roundtree’s coach, Steve Hibbits, told the AJC. “He loved Coach Pruitt (UGA’s defensive coordinator). He always talked so highly of Coach Pruitt and how he did things. He trusted Coach Richt. Those were the biggest things that I would see on why he went with Georgia.”
He is commitment No. 24 for UGA’s 2015 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Alabama. Roundtree is one of the most important recruits in UGA’s class not only because emergency levels of depth, but also the fact that the Bulldogs had another elite safety prospect (Rico McGraw) flip to Alabama.
Roundtree attends Lakeside High School, which is located in the suburbs of Augusta. His father was the first black sheriff elected in Richmond County in 2012.
Roundtree is rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 11 overall prospect in the 247sports composite ranking.
Even though Roundtree holds a lofty ranking, he is still considered to be extremely raw and undeveloped. He passes all the eyeball tests with his physique (6-foot-1 and 195 pounds) and 40 times.
Normally, a player like Roundtree would need a year or two of training in a college program to have a chance at making an impact. However, due to UGA’s shallow depth, that plan could be greatly accelerated.
“I think Rashad will fit in real well at Georgia,” Hibbits said. “He has got a lot of familiarity with them already. I think he has visited there a bit. Georgia has told him that they want him to be a safety. That’s probably his natural position. We play him some at outside linebacker this year out of need.
“He has such great vision that he’ll do great at Georgia as a safety.”