How will Georgia Tech’s hiring of Ted Roof affect recruiting? (UPDATED)

It will be interesting to see the impact that new Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof will have on recruiting.

Roof still carries a big name in the Atlanta area because of his accomplishments as a football player at Georgia Tech and Central Gwinnett High School.

New Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof will likely have a bigger impact on recruiting next year but then again ... (AP)

New Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof will likely have a bigger impact on recruiting next year but then again ... (AP)

What about the “Ted Roof effect”?

It will most likely be felt next year.

But it could make some things interesting this year — three weeks away from signing day.

One name to watch is Trey Johnson, the Under Armour All-American linebacker who is committed to Ohio State.

Johnson played at Central Gwinnett, the same high school as Roof. And, if you remember, that formed the bond of their friendship which caused Auburn (when Roof was defensive coordinator there in 2011) to be the first school to offer Johnson, and then for Johnson later to commit to the Tigers.

Johnson is so fond of Roof that he strongly considered making an official visit to Penn State this month just because Roof was coaching there. Johnson didn’t, though, committing to Ohio State after becoming a little worn out from the recruiting hoopla.

Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford was asked on Thursday night if Roof had talked Johnson since being hired by Georgia Tech, and he responded, “It’s funny you ask that …”

Wofford had to go because his team’s football banquet had started, but confirmed that Roof had talked to Johnson and that Johnson was still firmly committed to Ohio State. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

Then there’s Grayson High School defensive back Kasey Gaines. While at Penn State, Roof went to battle to get Gaines the D1 offer. Gaines committed to Penn State over Harvard, and told the AJC on Thursday night he was sticking with the Nittany Lions.

“Yes, I talked to (new Penn State defensive coordinator John Butler) last night. Nothing has changed for me,” Gaines told the AJC.

There’s also Myles Willis, who may be the fastest player to ever play at Marist. He played QB for the Atlanta private school, but is being recruited as an “athlete.” Willis remains committed to Boston College, despite the coaching change, but had this to say on Thursday:

“I’m pretty comfortable with BC. I visit BC again on January 18th. My latest offer was Penn State but my recruiting, Coach Ted Roof, is now at Georgia Tech and my coach said I should hear from him soon.”

Roof has put out some feelers on Willis. “My coach said he’ll talk to me later on. I really got to know (Roof) toward the end of last season when he tried to recuit me to Penn State. He is well-respected at Marist … a lot of people know him here.”

Would Willis be interested in Georgia Tech? “Initially, I was very interested. But during the entire recruiting process, I never really heard from Georgia Tech. After spending so much time at BC, it would be hard to turn around and go somewhere else, especially when Georgia Tech hasn’t offered me.”

Georgia Tech has 15 commitments for 2013, and could sign a few more.

UPDATE: Ted Roof was actually going to be a guest speaker at Central Gwinnett’s banquet on Thursday night, but then had to pull out because it’s the NCAA dead period. However, Wofford said that Rood later had gotten clearance from compliance to speak on Thursday because he wasn’t officially with Georgia Tech yet, but that the two sides couldn’t get together in time.

What about Georgia Tech and Trey Johnson? Would he consider the Yellow Jackets now that Roof is there? Wofford said he hadn’t talked to Roof about Johnson in any recruiting capacity.

EX-UGA coach Rodney Garner and the rest of Auburn's defensive staff will invade Central Gwinnett (AJC)

EX-UGA coach Rodney Garner and the rest of Auburn's defensive staff will invade Central Gwinnett (AJC)

“Outside of the whole recruiting deal, Trey and Coach Roof have a connection because of Central Gwinnett. (Roof) played linebacker at Central Gwinnett, and he gave Trey his first offer a couple of years ago. They are always going to have that. They almost have like a father-son relationship.

“I feel like Trey is solid to Ohio State. He has been through so much with all the coaching changes at Auburn. He feels like (Urban Meyer) is in a stable spot, and that’s what he’s looking for. That takes nothing away from his relationship with Coach Roof outside of football.

“Trey already had an offer from Georgia Tech a year ago or whenever. I guess you’ll never know if Coach Roof had been there from the beginning, and was running his defense at Georgia Tech when Trey got his first offer. I don’t think he’ll switch from Ohio State but crazier things have happened. Not only is Coach Roof down there, but also his former high school teammate, Francis Kallon.”

On another note, former UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and the rest of Auburn’s defensive staff are scheduled to invade Central Gwinnett between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday. Auburn hasn’t given up on Johnson, who de-committed from the Tigers last month after they switched defensive coordinators for the third time in three years.

“Trey said they told him ‘We know you’re committed to Ohio State but we’re going to grind it out until the end with you. We’re going to just keep coming and coming.’”

Will Johnson take an official visit to Auburn? “Right now, no. But Auburn is trying. They want a chance to sell the new staff.”





  • – By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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51 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

January 10th, 2013
8:08 pm

So, you mean to say that Tech’s recruiting may go through the Roof?

Tech Fan Since 1950

January 10th, 2013
8:08 pm

Thank you Michael for providing some coverage of Georgia Tech’s recruiting efforts and the recent changes on the flats.

George Stein

January 10th, 2013
8:29 pm

I suspect it’ll have a marginal effect on recruiting. I know if I were recruiting against him, aside from the usual issues around academic difficulties, fan apathy, etc., I’d be talking a lot about how he hasn’t been in one place for more than a couple of seasons in a long time.


January 10th, 2013
8:30 pm

ditto any positive recruiting news is music to the ears

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Bill Class of 2000

January 10th, 2013
9:18 pm

There’s some really good reasons for apathy. As a former student, Georgia Tech football to me mainly meant I’d have to move my car from the parking lot I paid for to somewhere around Canada, clogging up the streets, and generally making a horrible noisy racket. The program never exactly endears itself to students. In five years of education I managed to attend a single game there — against my will, I might add.

And that’s perfectly fine.

Frankly, I hope Georgia Tech football is a marginally lousy team until the end of time. I’d hate for it to be thought of as a football school. It’s not! It never was, and never should be. Georgia already has one of those, and it’s doing just fine. You go to Georgia Tech for an education, to become a HELLUVA engineer, not to party and watch football. Years after I’ve graduated, the GT degree on my resume still opens doors. Let’s let Georgia Tech stand for what it always has.

Fire Somebody

January 10th, 2013
9:33 pm

What this hire means is that kids will now run from Tech kicking and screaming instead of politely saying, “no thanks.”

Roof is so washed up that he’s now a re-tread at a school that ran him off just a few years ago. Pathetic.


January 10th, 2013
9:37 pm

You’re in luck, Bill. Tech will suck at football. until the end of time. Something tells me though you’ll still be found scouring the web for somebody having something nice to say about the program.

Paul in NH

January 10th, 2013
9:40 pm

@Bill Class of 2000
Somehow, having a fairly good football team hasn’t devalued a degree from Stanford, or Northwestern, or ND, or USC, or UCLA……


January 10th, 2013
9:41 pm

“Johnson played at Central Gwinnett,the same high school as Johnson”…editing matters.


January 10th, 2013
9:45 pm

It’s a terrible hire, and nothing anybody’s going to say will change that. 5 years, 5 programs. Ask yourself why nobody cares to hold onto him for longer than one season at a time?

Randall "Pink" Floyd

January 10th, 2013
9:53 pm

Dawg fans are thrilled over this hire. ‘Nuff said.


January 10th, 2013
10:21 pm

Nebraska scored 32 against Penn St defense lead by Roof with 0 1st round picks
31 against UGA lead by Grantham with projected 6 1st round picks

Roof seems to be the better DC in the State, beat UGA while at Tech, beat UGA whle at Auburn

Just Saying

January 10th, 2013
10:35 pm

Fish Fry is one shrewd rascal. Just when GT supporters were dreaming of an asst from Ala becoming DC, Fish Fry shocks them all by bringing in Ted Roof, a proven DC with a National Championship on his resume’. GT fans hope the Roofster can remember which school’s shirt to wear and how to find his office, or which office he’s had so many. Roof has had more jobs than a hooker on a Sat night on Stewart Ave. There’s been one constant about Roof’s coaching career,
he’s been fired so many times he throws up when he sees pink. Maybe with a GT grad running the Def GT can abandon basic terminology like 3-4, 4-3, cover 2, for more appropriate GT terms such as “square root” coverage “protractor” front, “pocket protector” rush. Terms the boys can understand and to which they can relate.


January 10th, 2013
10:40 pm

MC–tell us how the current set of defensive recruits that are committed to Tech feel about CTR. Do they plan to stick with Tech or are they looking at other optons.

Michael Carvell

January 10th, 2013
11:17 pm

@RECRUITS, to the best of my understanding, Ted Roof cannot have any direct contact with prospective student-athletes on behalf of Georgia Tech until he is officially an employee of the school — which could happen at any moment.

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1 4 GT

January 10th, 2013
11:50 pm

I can’t decide? Trolls or just soft headed techsters? eenniee, meany, miney, mo….soft headed techsters or trolls….eennieem, meany, miney, mo………………


January 11th, 2013
12:07 am

Where is GTBob? Oh I see he is over on the UGA blogs and columns….sad and pathetic.

This guy did a decent job with AU in 2011. Thats ALL they had and really sucked this year. Might get a kid or 2 who was thinking about GT anyway or was recruited by him last couple of years. But maybe next year IF they can beat the Dawgs

Coach Saban

January 11th, 2013
6:43 am

You rednecks still do not know how to spell DOGS

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January 11th, 2013
7:18 am

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January 11th, 2013
8:35 am

Tech needs a WR, and now more than ever more d-linemen, I don’t see the need for a linebacker but I guess every little thing helps.


January 11th, 2013
9:31 am

Wow, great to see Roof is working hard. Sounds like he brings alot to the table.

Jacket Man

January 11th, 2013
1:40 pm

WOW; Half of the postings are from “people” agreeing with themselves, and most of them are UGA fans. This must have been a great hire. I can say that all recruits who have been polled are estatic about the hire as are the current players and coaches. Ted is already on campus and will be meeting with the recruits with them for the big “official” weekend, and we should get at least one new one to commit while on campus.


January 11th, 2013
1:53 pm

Hey look! Tech hired Steve Martin.

Athens Tech

January 11th, 2013
2:17 pm

@Just Saying – Props for good humor


January 11th, 2013
3:34 pm

I expect Roof to have a strong impact on many of GT’s 1 & 2 star recruits.


January 11th, 2013
3:49 pm

@ Jacket Man can you share whose on campus?

Jacket Man

January 11th, 2013
3:52 pm

Jaylen Miller just arrived.

Jacket Man

January 11th, 2013
3:54 pm

DE from South Carolina

23 SEC Titles

January 11th, 2013
4:18 pm

Alabama has better defensive graduate assts than TR……..

Jacket Man

January 11th, 2013
4:25 pm

Georgia Tech is scheduled to host 11 prospects for its first official visit weekend of the year, including eight commitments. The three prospects in the group who are not committed are three-stars lead by Ricky Jeune from St Joseph’s (N.J.) and defensive end Jaylen Miller from Gaffney (S.C.) High. They’ll be joined by Ty Griffin from Kennesaw (Ga.) McEachern. Damon Mitchell and all three offensive line commits — Chris Griffin, Shamire DeVine and Jeremi Hall are scheduled to be here this weekend, too.


January 11th, 2013
5:01 pm

Bill, I got out in ‘99 and went to all the football games and basketball games. I even road-tripped to FLST my last year. It was a great time with my friends which I’ll remember for the rest of my days. I never had parking issues since I lived in a Frat house or off campus since second quarter of school. And, like you, my Tech degree still opens doors for me. Who got more out of Tech?


January 11th, 2013
8:53 pm

Roof will get it done. He’s highly regarded everywhere he’s been, plus he knows the landscape. A players’ coach, he will bring in the recruits to give us a defense that will get the job done.

GT Fan Forever

January 11th, 2013
10:00 pm

Bill, I graduated from GT in 1990, when GT Football team won National Championship, and the GT Basketball team went to the final four. I have many great memories from that time frame, and I have continued to support GT over the years. I will never understand GT grads who think like you.


January 11th, 2013
10:51 pm

Don’t fall for the trolls.

Stinger 2

January 12th, 2013
5:45 am

Roof has moved around a lot. I, of course don`t know the real reasons for this. However, if a recruit looks at his resume, it could turn some of them off.


January 12th, 2013
8:44 am

Dawg here. Roof was a great Tech Player. Has some name recognition, Mixed results as a coach. Most 17 year olds won’t have a clue who he is. I think he will help Tech’s D ( nowhere to go but up) But I don’t know that he moves the needle in recruiting. Good for Tech. Go Dawgs.


January 12th, 2013
8:47 am

Also….Roof smart to get out of Penn St. That situation will get tougher and tougher to put a D1 product on the field as sanctions take hold. His stats as DC would of plummeted.


January 12th, 2013
9:16 am

A company in Lawrenceville had Tech players on the payroll back in the 80’s during the summer and may still do. The only time they showed up was to pick up the paychecks..they never worked a day!


January 12th, 2013
9:31 am

Ted Roof can’t do this, can’t do that, but 60 miles North of Atlanta that school has a DC with all these 5 star and 1st round NFL draft picks and his defense let 2/3 of the teams they played run the ball down their throats. Go figure and keep thinking that yall have a great DC, Tech hopes you keep him forever because he’ll never figure out how to stop the triple option.


January 12th, 2013
10:05 am

Yellow fever , I think only scoring 27 points in 2 games (14 of those being meaningless tds long after the game was decided) shows the Service Academy option isn’t really effective. Remember its points not yardage that matter. 42-3 at the end of the 3rd quarter. I think 3 points over 3 quarter means they figured it out.


January 12th, 2013
10:55 am

Welcome Coach T. Roof, I am sure you will do a good job, I know it will take a minute to get the kind of recruits for your system, everybody give the guy a chance,………of course the UGA faithfull always has something negative to say, but thats who they are, concern yourself about UGA and who will be suspended before the season starts and who will be able to enroll next year (prep school action) now go with that and enjoy your weekend.


January 12th, 2013
12:13 pm

I am a Dawg Fan, but I think CTR will be a good addition to the Tech staff. I also feel that he will be able to do a better job than CAG did in relating to the kids that he is trying to recruit, recruiting is about being able to build a relationship and who do you thing will be better, a 70+ year old man or a 40+ former player? It is a good hire and I expect that Roof will have Tech competing again, within a couple of years. I also think he will help recruiting, having been there and done that as a student athlete. Good Luck and Go Dawgs!

Rick James

January 12th, 2013
12:45 pm

Paul Johnson may have just hired his replacement..


January 12th, 2013
1:15 pm

We need to get about three studs on defense and we will be in good shape. If we had not narrowly missed on Stephon Tuitt, James Vaughters, the kid that had the nerve to commit to Alabama on Fox 5, and another 4-star (I think his name was Alex) that went to Florida next year would be looking really good. Hopefully it will be anyway. Thanks for staying Attouchu! Glad Roof is back on board! THWG! Go Jackets!


January 13th, 2013
9:13 am

It will be interesting to see how long the new AD puts up with the carnie act that is the Basketball team. Yesterdays display was an embarrassment. Our only shine this year was beating the sorry Dawggies. Lets remember the Dayton people laffed and thanked us for taking this Izzo wanna be off our hands…….another Drad hire gone astray.


January 13th, 2013
12:53 pm

Roof will get it done. All he has to do is recruit well in GA alone

Kicking it with Cremins

January 15th, 2013
1:35 am

@Bill, obviously show little FB spirit as a student & as an alum, yet you still take time out of your day to post your opinion. hmmm?! come out the closet, its ok, walls are being broken down as we speak; it’ll make you a more well-rounded person. your first step is to say out loud & post: Go Tech, THWG!! there you go.
@trolls who like to call CPJ “Fish Fry?” Not too sure where its rooted but seriously Bo, whats the percentage of “Dwag Nation” thats comprised of trailer parks?