The one thing any sensible—if you can call us that, honestly—recruitnik is bound to wonder at some point is, how does ‘a’ effect ‘b’? Or, in this case, how do all of the recent transfers effect the Georgia Bulldogs standing with some of their top targets?
Well, if you’re asking 2015 safety Rashad Roundtree to answer that question, you’re not likely to be happy with the answer.
You’re wondering what’s the problem or what’s going on at Georgia that makes everybody either get kicked off or want to leave. So it is kind of like, ‘Is there something under the covers that they are just hiding?’ So there is always that kind of feeling that this could be the wrong choice.” (Radi Nabulsi, 11AliveSports.com)
Hmmm…the last message you want to send to a kid, who’s as high up on the board as Roundtree is for the Bulldogs, is that you’re “hiding” something; but you have to hope that Roundtree, and every other prospect Georgia wants in 2015, is savvy enough to read between the lines—or, rather, Georgia’s smart enough to fill them in—on the reason those now departed players were no longer best suited to play for the team.
If nothing else, the vacancies left behind mean more early playing time for a guy like Roundtree, and it would appear that Roundtree does see the potential of the new coaching staff, and it’s that potential that has him the most intrigued about the Bulldogs.
“I feel the new coaching staff can really make a difference and turn the program around. I definitely think they can make me better. I think Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt can help me with my defense and really take me to the next level.” (Radi Nabulsi, 11AliveSports.com)
Whatever your stance may currently be on the guys who’ve decided—either voluntarily or not—to leave the program, one thing has become strikingly clear about this defense and it’s new defensive coordinator, he wants players that want to work, and if you’re not on board with him on that, you can finish your collegiate career elsewhere.
“I don’t know how it was here before. I know our coaching staff is very focused on attention to detail, playing with effort, playing with toughness,” Pruitt told ESPN.com in April. “We have a long ways to go to get to where we want to be.
“We have to get guys to do it right all the time.” (Edward Aschoff, ESPN)
As for Roundtree, I don’t think there’s too much to worry about here, for the moment, but you can certainly expect him to take his time with his decision.