Roh talks recruiting

With all the losses Scottsdale Chaparral High School has suffered, not many are expecting the 2012 Firebirds to be as dominant as they were in years past. Jake Roh, one of the returning starters on that squad, begs to differ. A solid senior campaign by this versatile player will not only greatly benefit his squad but also his recruiting stock.

According to Roh, the losses of head coach Charlie Ragle, and offensive stars Connor Brewer and Davonte Neal don't necessarily spell gloom and doom for Chaparral this season.

"We only have three starters coming back," Roh said, "But I'm not worried because I think we will shock a lot of people. I'm actually really pumped to get the season going because I hear so many people saying that ‘Chaparral will be nothing now.' All that talk fuels us.

"We have a lot of players that will be juniors that I think can step up along with our seniors."

The 6-3 210-pound Jake Roh is one of several local prospects who unofficially visited Arizona State twice this month, one during the Sun Devils' Junior Day event as well as the first week of the team's spring practice where they observed one of the sessions.

"I'm really enjoying the recruiting process with them," Roh said of ASU. "I really like it there and I get along with all the coaches. You can tell that the new coaches are really changing things there. It's a whole new environment and it's an environment where my personal football abilities fit in very well.

"It's not only different with the way they're doing in-state recruiting. I went to their practice and it's just nuts how fast the tempo they go at."

When Roh visited ASU for the school's Junior Day, he mentioned how impressed he was by the Sun Devils' staff and with their philosophy.

"I love all the facilities and I know that they are renovating some of them," Roh stated, "and they will be ready in a few years. So things are really going in the right direction there.

"The thing that impressed me the most was just learning what they're doing offensively and knowing that I can fit in there very well and they like me on defense too. I know that if I went there I would definitely have an opportunity to play there."

Roh, who reported a 40-time of 4.57, has played wide receiver for the Firebirds last season hauling in 49 catches for 922 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Chaparral star stated that ASU does like him as the three-back hybrid tight end position in the Sun Devils' scheme, as well as a ‘Spur' safety on the other side of the ball that will have pass rushing responsibilities.

"I really enjoying playing on either offense of defense," Roh claimed. "Getting tackles or sacks is just as fun as scoring touchdowns. I'm going to move around on offense my senior year and play more at tight end than I did as a junior, and I will also play outside linebacker. I know I need to put on more weight and be less lanky, but I have good size and good speed so I can create mismatches when I play on offense."

Arizona, Duke and Oregon State have all offered Roh. UCLA and Cal have been showing some interest and Roh plans to visit both of them in the spring. Roh doesn't tend to favor staying on the West Coast at the next level, and just like his brother Craig Roh, who is a defensive end for Michigan, the Chaparral standout wouldn't mind venturing away from home.

"I'm going to sign with the program I feel most comfortable with," Roh stated. "I'm looking for the coaching staff that is the best fit for my football abilities. There are some other schools I wish have offered me, but in the end you want to go to a school that really wants you.

"But right now I'm happy with how my recruiting is going and I'm very thankful for what I got."

While ASU has yet to offer a scholarship to Roh, he feels that it is certainly plausible that he will receive such an offer.

"The coaches said that they wanted to see more of me before they offer," Roh said. "I know they are going to watch me at spring practice and I'll probably go to their summer camp so we'll see what happens."

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