The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Peachtree Ridge High School
The Georgia native went away from the customary Southeastern Conference schools to make a name for himself, and was thrust into the starting lineup during his freshman campaign in Columbus. He would go on to start all 36 games he appeared in, carrying on the rich tradition the school has had in producing elite cornerbacks for the National Football League.
Since the two leagues merged back in the late 1960s, the National Football League has selected eight Ohio State cornerbacks and four safeties in the first round, with the last choice being Malcolm Jenkins, taken in the 2009 draft by the New Orleans Saints. With his blazing speed, raw power and deep coverage skills, Roby is hoping to become "Lucky 13" and add to the Buckeyes list of first round defensive backs.
Roby has seen his draft stock rise, thanks to the patient coaching he has received from the staffs installed at Ohio State. He received a three-star rating from Scout.com during his senior season at Peachtree Ridge High School. Scout.com regarded him as the 44th-best cornerback in the prep ranks, even though he also excelled on the other side of the ball as a wide receiver and as a return specialist.
Named the team captain for his final prep campaign, Roby received All-Region and All-Gwinnett County honors in 2009. He led the team to the state quarter-finals after making 42 tackles with six interceptions, adding 526 yards on 29 receptions. He reached the end zone five times as a receiver, twice with punt returns, another with a kickoff return, again with an interception, one more on a reverse and finally, with a fumble recovery.
Roby received the Iron Man Award from the Atlanta Touchdown Club and was named the Gwinnett Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year. The track and basketball stand-out was a four-time scholar-athlete at the school, graduating with a 3.86 grade point average. He originally accepted a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt to play wide receiver, but changed his mind and decided to head north and play cornerback.
Roby enrolled at Ohio State in 2010, but spent the time redshirting and adding some bulk to his once 173-pound frame. He emerged from 2011 fall camp as the starting right corner-back, ranking eighth on the team with 47 tackles (37 solos), making 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also picked off three passes for 57 yards in returns and broke up six other tosses. After the season, the coaches named him the team's Outstanding First-Year Player, Defense.
Roby had a banner sophomore season, earning All-American second-team honors, as he was the only major college player to record a touchdown three different ways in 2012 – via an interception, recovery of a blocked punt and a recovery of a fumbled punt. Shifting to left cornerback, he registered 63 tackles (41 solos), gained 49 yards on a pair of pass thefts and tied the school season-record with 17 pass deflections.
Roby had made his intentions known early in the 2013 schedule that it would be his final college football season. The All-American third-team pick remained at left cornerback, registered a career-high 69 tackles, which ranked third on the team. He deflected 13 passes and ran back one of his three interceptions for a touchdown, also reaching the end zone again on special teams, scooping up a blocked punt vs. Northwestern and running it in from nine yards out for a touchdown.
Prior to Ohio State's "Senior Day," Buckeyes coach confirm that the 2013 campaign would be Roby's last at the university and that the school would honor the cornerback during the festivities leading up to the Indiana contest. At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the speedy Roby was clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the fourth-fastest clocking for any safety or cornerback at the event.
Roby started all 36 games he played in at Ohio State, lining up at right cornerback for 13 games as a freshman and his next 24 on the left side…Recorded 179 tackles (132 solos) with an 11-yard sack and 7.5 stops for losses of 42 yards…Deflected 36 passes and returned eight interceptions for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns…