HUBER HEIGHTS – The easy decision is out of the way for Trotwood-Madison receiver Roy Roundtree. Now the hard question comes.
“I’m trying to figure out who my roommate is going to be,” Roundtree said after singing a letter of intent to Michigan on Wednesday. “All these tough decisions I’ve had to deal with and now I’ve got another. Who’s going to be my roommate?”
Roundtree has two former and future teammates to choose from.
In a bit of coup, Michigan snared three players from Trotwood-Madison on Wednesday at the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s first annual National Signing Day Ceremony at Wayne’s Booster Center.
All 17 GWOC schools with a student singing a letter of intent with an NCAA Division I and I-AA school were invited. A total of 26 inked their name.
Trotwood had the most representatives with 10 kids, including the Michigan trifecta of tight end Brandon Moore, running back Michael Shaw and Roundtree.
“I’m real excited,” Moore said. “I can’t explain how I feel right now. They waited until the last second. Tree called me last night and I just found out right now about Michael. I’m ecstatic.”
Roundtree made a verbal commitment to Purdue before the start of the high school season but the announcement that current Boilermaker head coach Joe Tiller was stepping down at the end of next season swayed his decision.
New Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez recruited Roundtree at West Virginia and followed through with another offer from the Wolverines. This time Roundtree accepted.
“I called Brandon last night and told him to bring me a hat,” Roundtree joked. “He said he had three.”
Shaw competed the trio when he switched from an oral commitment to Penn State.
“I was going back and forth and the closer it got (to time to make a decision) the more hectic it got,” Shaw said. “This morning in my coach’s room we just went over all the facts with my parents and I decided on Michigan. I love Penn State, but Michigan is the school for me. Michigan was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
In addition to the Michigan recruits, other notable signees from the GWOC included Beavercreek defensive back Zach Domicone (Ohio State), Northmont offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders (Florida State), Troy offensive lineman Jake Current (Wisconsin) and Trotwood linebacker Douglass Rippy (Colorado).
Another school that got a good haul was Michigan State, which also lured three players north in Piqua linebacker David Rolf, Trotwood linebacker Jimiihr Williams and Wayne defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
The fact that all three Michigan State recruits are defensive players and the three Michigan-bound players are all on offense did not go unnoticed.
“We’re all going to be rivals real quick,” Worthy said. “It’s going to be pretty explosive on the field. We’ll see who wins.”
Not to be outdone by its in-state brethren, MAC member Eastern Michigan
swiped three players as well in Centerville linebacker Drew Serruto,
Wayne defensive lineman David Dick and Troy running back Corey Brown.
Dominique Britt, QB, Jackson State
Keith Sean Foster, DB, Hampton
Robert Green, Jackson State
Brandon Moore, TE, Michigan
Doug Rippy, LB, Colorado
Roy Roundtree, WR, Michigan
Mike Shaw, RB, Michigan
Jimiihr Williams, LB, Michigan State
Ike Washington, DL, Kent State
Cory Dickens, DB, Robert Morris
Corey Brown, RB, Eastern Michigan
Jake Current, OL, Wisconsin
TJ White, TE, Wofford
Jay Cravens, RB, Ball State
David Fleming, DB, Youngstown State
Drew Serruto, LB, Eastern Michigan
David Dick, DL, Eastern Michigan
Troy Gilmer, WR, Akron
Jerel Worthy, DL, Michigan State
Zach Domicone, DB, Ohio State
Owen Elger, OL, Dayton
Josh Greene, DB, Ohio University
John Rock, QB, Gardner-Webb
Dave Rolf, LB, Michigan State
Zebrie Sanders, OL, Florida State
Anthony Washington, DB, Toledo