Already riding high on college football recruiting radars, Lakeside High School’s Rashad Roundtree will be getting more exposure before year’s end.
The Panthers’ 6-foot-1 inch, 190-pound junior defensive back, who has already received an offer from Duke University, was one of 70 players selected to play in the inaugural Georgia Elite Junior Classic on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Walter Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School.
“It’s a huge honor and obviously me being a young guy starting off and everything starting to pick up, there’s a lot going fast,” said Roundtree. “I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
After being named First Team 2012 All-Region 2-AAAAA with 72 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a sophomore, Roundtree turned in a year in which he had 97 tackles, including two for a loss, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries and was named the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Roundtree was one of two region players selected for the South roster, joining Northside, Warner Robins’ Willie Jordan.
Lakeside head coach Jarrett Troxler first got word from his friend Ed Dudley, head football coach at Ware County, who will serve as an administrative assistant on the South coaching staff.
“It’s big,” said Troxler of Roundtree’s selection. “When Ed Dudley called me to let me know that Rashad was selected as one of the top juniors in Georgia, it was exciting.”
Troxler noted the attention Roundtree is receiving is unheralded in his four years with the Panthers.
“We haven’t had a player, since I’ve been at Lakeside, highly recruited like Rashad or recognized at a state level, so we’re excited for Rashad,” said Troxler. “It’s really going to jumpstart a lot of things in his future.”
With the attention he has already received, which will only intensify, Roundtree says just one thing is on his mind for his 2014 senior season.
“I really just want to take my team to another level so we can go deep in the playoffs and hopefully win state,” said Roundtree. “That’s the first goal.”