About a week after his father Ted announced his departure from the coaching staff for a new post at North Carolina State, rising sophomore linebacker TD Roof revealed that he too would be leaving the Tech football program. Roof posted a brief note on Twitter on Thursday morning indicating that he would be transferring to Indiana.
Roof, a three-star linebacker from Buford HS in Gwinnett County, was one of three linebackers in Tech’s 2017 recruiting class, along with Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Jaquan Henderson. He was also part of a trio of “legacy” signees in the class, as Roof, Jordan-Swilling, and cornerback Tre Swilling were all the sons of former Tech linebackers.
As a true freshman, Roof emerged as a key contributor on special teams, mainly in the kickoff and punt coverage units. He also saw reserve action at linebacker and was often sent on blitzes, and the results were positive: Roof picked up two sacks late in the Jacksonville State game and added a QB hurry later in the season. He finished the year with 17 tackles, the most of any player outside of Tech’s normal defensive rotation.
Roof’s departure does not come as a huge surprise. He would have been in the mix for playing time at Tech in 2018, but the opportunity to play for his father was likely a major reason that he committed to Tech, and Ted Roof’s departure renders that moot. TD Roof will head to Indiana, one of the schools that recruited him when he was in high school. He’ll have to sit out a year by virtue of transferring to another FBS school, but since Roof did not redshirt at Tech, he will still have three years of eligibility for the Hoosiers afterward.
For Paul Johnson and his staff, Roof’s departure also means another potential open scholarship for a 2018 recruit. If Appalachian State’s Nate Woody is confirmed as the new defensive coordinator (which has been reported) and decides to implement a 3-4 front, Tech may seek to fill that spot with another linebacker.