This week, I will again be looking at the upswing in football recruiting that Lakeside and Evans are experiencing. In my last column, I broke down the Evans Knights players in the Class of 2014 and 2015 who are getting looks from schools.
Now, it is time to take a look at Lakeside’s top prospects. That list includes a player who could become the most sought-after athletes in county history. We have had Division I signees before, going back to the mid-1980’s when Evans quarterback Chip Davis signed with Clemson. Davis went on to have a nice career as a wide receiver for the Tigers.
Well, Rashad Roundtree has a chance to emerge as one of the top safety prospects in Georgia, which could mean offers from more than a half-dozen SEC and ACC programs. Duke was the first to make an offer to the 6-1, 198-pound junior, but the Blue Devils will certainly not be the last.
Here is a look at the top college prospects at Lakeside:
Class of 2014
Kendall White (6-2, 230 pounds, defensive lineman)
White has committed to Western Carolina and will sign with the Catamounts on Feb. 5.
Jonathan Edwards (5-11, 180 pounds, wide receiver)
Edwards is in a tremendous situation. He already has offers from Georgia Southern, Furman, The Citadel, Wofford, Mercer, Kennesaw State and Presbyterian. He plans to set up his official visits before deciding where he will play in college.
Daniel Cotty (6-1, 210 pounds, linebacker)
Cotty is getting interest from several FCS Programs, with Charleston Southern at the top of the list.
Class of 2015
Rashad Roundtree (6-1, 198 pounds, safety)
Roundtree has an offer from Duke and is close to locking down offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Georgia. He will likely have 15 to 20 offers by this time next year.
Stephan Houzah (5-11, 180 pounds, defensive back)
Houzah is starting to generate a lot of recruiting buzz. He runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and returned four kicks for TDs this season, so there is a good likelihood that he lands a few Division I offers by this time next year. He is a sleeper, but may not be much longer.
B.J. Raymond (5-9, 170 pounds, wide receiver/defensive back)
Raymond is coming off a junior campaign that saw him earn First Team All Region honors, and he is slowly starting to garner some attention from recruiters, with several FCS programs showing interest.
Josh Jones (5-9, 165 pounds, running back)
Jones’ speed (4.43 40-yard dash) makes him an asset and he should benefit greatly from all the recruiters who will visit Lakeside to see Roundtree and Houzah over the next 12 months. Coach Troxler expects Jones to get the chance to play at the next level.