March 13, 2008

Roh among elite recruits in Arizona

The 2009 recruiting class in Arizona looks to be very along the defensive line, especially at the top of the class where there are several recruits who are receiving attention from schools across the country. Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral end Craig Roh is one such prospect.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, who also starts at tight end for the Firebirds, totaled 100 tackles, 15.5 sacks and five forced fumbles this past season on the way to establishing himself as one of the top defensive ends in the West.

Roh has already amassed an impressive list of suitors with reported offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington State, Wisconsin and Utah.

"Really right now I don't have any favorites," Roh said. "All the colleges are open to me, pretty much everything is open right now I still need to talk to all of the coaches some more to just get a good feel. I have been talking to all of the coaches who have been recruiting me and so far they all sound good."

Roh, who earned 4A all-state and all-region honors following his junior season, is currently focused on Chaparral's 2009 campaign.

"Right now I have been weight lifting, getting ready for the fall," Roh said.. "Chaparral next season is going to be amazing. We are bringing back pretty much the whole defense. We are going to have some holes to fill along the offensive line but we have a good solid quarterback in Spencer Stone. So I think we are going to win state next year."

Roh describes himself as a smart player that knows how the game should be played and he has set high goals for himself this next year.

"I want to be selected to the (U.S.) Army All-American Game and also be named to the All-Arizona team."

As of now, Roh's spring and summer schedule is empty in regards to camps, combines and junior days but that should change soon.

"My Dad and I are going to go through which junior days that I will be going to and at this time I don't have any plans yet to go to any of the camps or combines," he said.

Roh said he is currently carrying a 4.3 grade-point average and has a good idea of what he is looking for in a college but he is keeping his options open as to when he will make a decision.

"I am looking for good academics, program history and an overall good feel for players and the coaches," he said. "It would depend if I felt like I had made a really good connection with the coaches. Then I could commit early but if not I would take all the visits."

Arizona State is a school that Roh will keep in mind.

"I am really excited they have offered me and I plan on going to some of their spring practices to see how it is there," he said.

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