2015 safety prospect Rashad Roundtree is on a meteoric rise since the end of his junior season. He’s gone from a virtual unknown with one Division-I offer (the Duke Blue Devils were the first through the door), to having more than 20 offers in his back pocket, likely with more to come.
The in-state native plans to take his time with the recruiting process, but he’s already taken a trip to Athens to see what the home state school has to offer and, so far, he likes what he’s seen:
“It is a great combination,” Roundtree said of the new staff. “Coach Richt and Coach (Jeremy)Pruitt are kind of like fire and ice, you know. When you see them at practice, Coach Richt has kind of a calm, cool look on his face and Coach Pruitt is always fired up and yelling. It looks like it will be a great combination.” (Jake Rowe, UGASports)
Roundtree has already made it clear that the coaching staff is something he’s going to take under serious consideration when deciding on a school. He’s not just looking to play for a big name, but is equally, if not more, interested in how they relate to their players—on and off the field, so building a good relationship with him will be a top priority.
“The coaching staff is important. It’s really all the coaching staff, not just the head coach or a position coach,” he said. “The whole coaching staff makes a team go. Seeing the coaches that have a good relationship with the players is key. I want to see how the players react to each other, how they work together in the offseason and practice.” (Gerry Hamilton, ESPN)
Georgia made a great impression, definitely, but Roundtree has no intention of making an early decision. He wants to take his time and visit the schools he feels have the most to offer him at the next level. It will certainly be a marathon, not a sprint, where he is concerned.
“I want to wait until after my senior year just so I can take my officials and spend some time looking,” he said. (Jake Rowe, UGASports)