Profile - T.D. Roof
Buford High School (GA) linebacker T D Roof wanted to give his undivided attention to his senior season. Monday T.D. took a step to insure that this would be possible by ending his recruitment and giving his verbal commit to Georgia Tech.
T.D. is excited about his decision and being able to carry on the Roof legacy at Tech. "My dad made his mark there with the Black Watch defense under Coach (Bill) Curry. I plan to make my mark as TD Roof and carry on the Roof legacy at Tech."
After spending some time at Tech this past weekend, T.D. knew that Tech was the place he wanted to be. “No other place can compare to what Tech means to me and what I can get from being at Tech.” T.D was anxious to be a part of all that Tech offers.
Saturday, T.D. spent some time on campus with Tre Swilling and Bruce Jordan-Swilling. The trio talked about how much their dads Ted and Pat loved Georgia Tech and how great they were as teammates. T.D. also talked with former teammate and current Tech player David Curry about his freshman year at Tech as well as a couple of the current baseball players at Tech that TD is friends with from their time at Buford. “Talking to David, my former teammates on the Tech baseball team, and to the Swilling brothers let me know that Tech was my place. Saturday sealed the deal for me.”
His dad was the first to know of his decision. “I knew it would make him proud to have me at Tech.” T.D. then called Coach Paul Johnson. “He took my commitment and welcomed me to the family.” T.D. also texted the Swilling’s to let them know of his decision. “We were talking Saturday about how great it would be to play together at Tech. I wanted to let them know I committed and would be recruiting them hard for Georgia Tech. All three of us want to be in a great recruiting class and I feel we could do that at Tech."
T.D. thinks it will be great to have his dad coach him. "He hasn't coached me before but I always went to him for advice and how to handle certain things at linebacker.” T.D. knows that he and his dad will leave their father-son relationship at home. His dad will be the coach and he will be the player. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Now that he has made his commitment, T.D. will not entertain any thoughts of opening up his recruitment. “I’m firmly committed to Tech and I’ll be recruiting for them.” T.D knows that the Swilling’s will be two of the players that he’ll be recruiting and he’ll be talking to other players as well. “The 2017 class has great potential to be something special and I’ll work hard to make it happen."
Looking ahead, T.D. is hoping to help lead Buford to another state championship. When he enrolls at Tech, he’s is not sure what his major will be but he does know that he will be looking at the business school.