On Friday morning at 9am ET, 2015 5-star safety Rashad Roundtree walked onto the stage of Lakeside High School to make an important announcement. While on stage in the auditorium, he sent out a tweet at 9:03am announcing his commitment to the University of Georgia, choosing to stay in-state just 60 miles east of his hometown.
According to rivals.com, Roundtree is the No. 2 safety in the nation and the No. 24 player overall for the class of 2015. Roundtree became Georgia’s 24th commitment for the 2015 class, which now ranks second in the nation behind Alabama. With his commitment, Georgia now has three 5-star, nine 4-star, and 11 3-star athletes verbally committed.
The 6′ 1″, 195-pound safety had offers from over 15 schools, but he announced on August 2 via Twitter that his top six schools were Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Michigan St., and Ohio St. Georgia had seemed to be an early-front runner for his choice of school but nothing was ever confirmed until his announcement. When visiting Athens, Roundtree was seen smiling around campus and speaking to other future Georgia Bulldogs like 5-star commits Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland at camps and games.
Roundtree will join Jeremy Pruitt’s defense which lacks depth at the defensive back position. Especially with 4-star safety Rico McGraw flipping to Alabama, Roundtree’s commitment is a key part of the 2015 recruiting class. He could see some time when he arrives on campus and contribute to the team immediately. He is very fast to read an offense and react to their plays and get to the ball quickly, and plays the run support very well.
“I felt really at home,” Roundtree said. “They have a great coaching staff and they have great players there so I think Georgia was just a great, natural fit for me.”
*Section Photo credit to Jon-Michael Sullivan, Augusta Chronicle; Featured Photo (above) credit to Dawgs247.com