February 4, 2008
Coach says Roundtree signing with Purdue
Coveted recruit Roy Roundtree will sign with Purdue on Wednesday, according to his high school coach Maurice Douglass.
This afternoon Douglass, the former Chicago Bear, confirmed that despite Roundtree's visit to Michigan over the weekend, the 6-foot-1, 173-pound wide receiver from Trotwood, Ohio, will indeed ink with Coach Joe Tiller's program on National Signing Day.
Roundtree verbally committed to Purdue May 31, 2007, and appears set to stay true to his word.
"Roy Roundtree is a Boilermaker," Douglass said. "He's not wavering.
"Roy has built a pretty good rapport with Coach (Brian) Rock, the wide receivers coach at Purdue."
It is unclear whether Michigan has offered Roundtree a scholarship, but Douglass says he's "99 percent" sure Roundtree will sign with the Boilermakers.
Contrary to some reports, Roundtree's parents did not go to Michigan with their son. Instead, Roundtree and high school teammate Dominick Britt went to the Ann Arbor campus.
"The whole Michigan thing really got blown out of proportion," Douglass said. "Even though they're attracted to him, Roy is set in his heart on Purdue. I know he feels in his heart that Purdue is the best place for him."
Danny Hope, who will succeed Tiller following the 2008 season, didn't waste any time heading to Ohio top meet Roundtree. In fact, the former Eastern Kentucky head coach was at Trotwood-Madison High School less than 24 hours after he was introduced as Purdue's next head coach.
"Danny was here in the building the next day," Douglass said. "He and Coach Rock beat me to the building that morning. They had a good talk with Roy's parents later on that evening I believe.
"His mom and dad feel like Purdue is the best spot for Roy, too, and the same goes for me."
Douglass said even an all-out blitz by Michigan here in the final hours of recruiting wouldn't make a difference in Roundtree's mind.
"All indications from what I got from him about how the trip to Michigan went was it wasn't as good as when he went to Purdue," Douglass said.
Roundtree, along with Trotwood-Madison's other football standouts, will have a signing day press conference at the school at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Roundtree, a four-star prospect by Rivals, was a first-team all-state selection after catching 86 passes for 1,400 yards with 13 touchdowns during his senior season.
NOTE: You can read more about Roundtree in Gold & Black Illustrated's annual recruiting issue, which will be mailed Feb. 12.
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