With the start of a contact period, the Ohio State coaching staff is going to start handing out a lot of offers in both the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. We'll even see a couple of players in the 2016 recruiting class receive offers from OSU in the coming months.
Ohio State kicked things off a little early this past Wednesday when they extended an offer to Evans (GA) Lakeside safety Rashad Roundtree, who is one of the top junior defensive backs in the state of Georgia.
The 6'1, 195-pound safety prospect boasts offers from the likes of Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech. Roundtree was very excited to receive an offer from the Scarlet and Gray Wednesday afternoon.
"It was great. I got a call from the recruiter, Mark Pantoni and he told me that they wanted to offer me," Roundtree told Land-Grant Holy Land. "He told me that I would be a great asset to their program."
Though he's a little unfamiliar with Ohio State, Roundtree has a favorable opinion of the school and head coach Urban Meyer.
"It's a great school, really good program," he said. "They also have a great coach, so that's also really good."
He had nothing but good things to say about Meyer, who is considered by many to be the one of the best, if not the best head coach recruiter in college football.
"Coach Meyer is a great coach," he continued. "He has had two great seasons at Ohio State"
While Roundtree doesn't have a visit set up to OSU, he's going to make his way to Columbus sometime in the next couple of months to check out the Ohio State campus. He hasn't taken any visits to any school at this point in his recruitment.
"I haven't taken any visits, but I plan to take visits to all of the schools before this fall," he said. "I plan on visiting Ohio State this spring or summer."
Roundtree does not have a leader right now, but does have an idea of when he would like to make his college decision.
"I don't have any leaders right now, it's all an even playing field," he continued. "I plan on making my decision after my senior season."
When he goes out on visits, he's looking forward to checking out the facilities, meeting the players, and talking with the coaches. The biggest factors in his college decision will be the school's academics and the coaching staff.
It's tough to get a read on Roundtree right now as he hasn't taken any visits, but he's interested enough to take a visit to Ohio State, so he's definitely a player to watch when it comes to the Bucks. Right now I would say the favorite to land his commitment is the in-state Georgia Bulldogs, but that's by no means a lock.
If you want to see the standout defensive back in action, you can check out his highlights here.