August 4, 2008

Roh has Top Five

Rivals250 member Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral end Craig Roh is one of the most highly sought after prospects in Arizona for the class of 2009. Roh, who is ranked as the third best prospect in Rivals.com Arizona preseason top-30, has already received dozens of offers from programs all over the nation like LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC as well as both instate schools.

After sitting down with coaches and family, Roh has decided on his top college options.

"My top five in no particular order are Michigan, USC, UCLA, Nebraska and ASU," Roh said. "I am also still considering Stanford, Cal and LSU"

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has already unofficially visited all of his top five schools except for Nebraska and has a good idea what he likes about each program.

"I like the tradition that Michigan has and I got a real good feel for the coaches that they have there," Roh said. "SC also has a great tradition and they are really fanatical coaching wise which is a plus.

"UCLA just seems like a program that is going to be turning around real quick," Roh said. "UCLA also is in a great area and has great academics. Nebraska seems to be very defensive minded there with Coach Pelini. They also are very fanatical there and have a great tradition as well.

"ASU is close to home," he said. "I also have a very good relationship with Grady Stretz the defensive line coach. I just think the program is going to be turning around there and that they are going to be competing for Pac-10 championships and national championships. It seems like that program is headed in the right direction."

A solid student with a self reported 1750 SAT and 4.3 GPA, Roh also totaled 100 tackles, 15.5 sacks and five forced fumbles last season for Chaparral. He still remains open to which schools he will officially visit as well as when he might make his college decision.

"I have not decided yet (where I will visit)," Roh said. "My Dad and I are going to go over all of that in the next upcoming three weeks. I plan on taking all five of my official visits. But if I felt good about one particular school I might just decide then and commit."

Roh's senior season begins Monday at 6:30 am with the start of training camp at Chaparral High and then he and his fellow Firebird teammates will head north for cooler the temperatures of Payson, Arizona. He is looking forward to next season.

"We have a ton of guys coming back on defense. We also added a good transfer Taylor Lewan who just got offered by ASU," Roh said. "We are looking amazing right now."

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