Last weekend proved to be a great couple of days for Lakeside junior Rashad Roundtree. First, his Panthers beat perennial state power Thomson 23-14 on Friday night. Then, Roundtree spent Saturday in Athens watching The University of Georgia beat South Carolina 41-30.
Roundtree was in Athens as an invited guest of UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Grantham appears to be enamored with Roundtree and invited him up to Athens on an unofficial visit.
In addition to getting to be on the sidelines during the game, Roundtree spent the entire day with the team. He ate with the team prior to the game, and even had the chance to go though the “Dawg Walk” with the team. The Bulldogs have not made an official scholarship offer to Roundtree at this time, but it seems very likely that he will get an offer before the spring.
Since UGA’s initial interest in Lakeside’s talented DB, other schools have began to recruit him as well. Kentucky and a few other SEC and ACC schools have expressed interest in Roundtree.
While Roundtree is Lakeside’s most talked about recruit, he is not alone on the LHS college prospect list. Lakeside could have eight to 10 signees or even more over the next couple of seasons. Currently, Lakeside is 1-1. They were idle this Friday and will play a much improved Westside team this week.
Banks at it again
Last week I made mention of William Banks’ two-touchdown performance in Georgia Southern’s lopsided win over Savannah State. The former Augusta Christian standout rambled for 44 yards and a pair of scores on seven carries in the Eagles opener. GSU won the game 77-9 and I must admit I assumed his playing time would be more limited as the games got tougher, but perhaps I was wrong.
Last weekend, the Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 59-17 drubbing of St. Francis (Pa). Banks was even better in week two. He tied for the team lead with 72 yards rushing on 11 carries. He had touchdown runs of 15, 46, and 2 yards. Banks now has five touchdowns in just two games. It looks like he is going to close out his college career with a big senior season.
Former Lakeside football coach Ed Koester now coaches at South Paulding High School. The team is off to a 2-0 start, but Koester has not been able to be on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his spine. The surgery went well and he hopes to be back with his team as early as this week. He will require a wheelchair for now and will likely call the games from the press box. Koester spent only one season at Lakeside back in 2001, finishing 4-6. He left amid a cloud of controversy.
Officially, LHS cited a past suspension in Texas for running illegal practices. However, that information was known at the time he was hired in 2001. Many felt his ouster came thanks to a couple of disgruntled parents whose kids were not getting playing time. Either way, his stay in Columbia County was a brief one. Since he left Lakeside, Koester has served as an assistant coach at Duluth High and has had head coaching jobs at South Cobb, where he led the school to their first ever state playoff berth in 2011, and now at South Paulding. Koester should make a speedy recovery.