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.
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.
“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.”
OH MY … HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST?
PARTY LIKE IT’S 2013!!
LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
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