Once one school called, Rashad Roundtree’s phone has rarely stopped ringing.
Over the past few weeks, the Lakeside football star has been flooded with offers. Now he gets another, though different, kind of invitation: he was asked to play in the prestigious 2015 Under Armour All-America Game alongside other top high school prospects.
The game, to be played in early 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., will be televised by ESPN.
“It’s a huge honor,” Roundtree said. “I watch it every year on TV, so just to be a part of it is really amazing.”
The defensive back had 97 tackles and picked off four passes as a junior this past season, helping the Panthers reach the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
With another high school season to go, Roundtree has already picked up offers from Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Mississippi, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. The impressive list includes this year’s winner of the Rose Bowl (Michigan State), the Orange Bowl (Clemson) and Alabama.
Roundtree, who’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, hasn’t trimmed any school off his list.
He said he’s going to enjoy the moment, even if the attention has sometimes been just a bit overwhelming.
“I just try to take each one, one by one, take it day by day, just pray about it and focus on what I have to do,” Roundtree said.
Roundtree found out about his pick for the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday. Then, on Friday morning, the selection was announced during Lakeside’s pep rally for the night’s basketball games against Greenbrier.
“It’s awesome. It’s a great opportunity for Rashad, and a great opportunity for Lakeside High, Augusta, and the CSRA. It’s a huge honor, and we’re really excited,” Panthers football coach Jarrett Troxler said.
“It’s not only helping Rashad – it’s helping our program. It shines a spotlight on us. We’d like to see them back here one day.”