UA continues to pursue some of the more sought after in-state prospects that are available in the 2013 class. The new staff has made recruiting Arizona a priority and continues to chase players from one of the top high school programs in the state. This time it's Scottsdale Chaparral wide receiver Jake Roh that the staff is pursuing.
Roh has been offered by Arizona and has been in communication with a couple of Wildcats' staff members.
"I talk to (wide receivers coach) Tony Dews a lot but the main one (recruiting me) is Tony Gibson," Roh said.
Jake is the brother of Michigan defensive end Craig Roh, so he has a familiarity with several members of the UA coaching staff. The environment surrounding the staff left a positive impression on the Chaparral product and he warmed up to the coaches he was recently introduced to on his trip to the Arizona campus.
"I have met Tony Dews before when he recruited my brother," Roh said. "Tony Gibson I just met for the first time when I went down there. It was a really homely environment, so it almost feels like you knew him before."
Whatever expectations Roh had entering his visit to UA were completely surpassed. He came away impressed to the point where he believes the Wildcats could be making some noise in the Pac-12 very soon."
"I was going in there not expecting it to be that way," Roh said. "All the coaches are like one big family and it's easy to be around them and I think what they have going over there, they're really going to blow up in the Pac-12."
Roh had a chance to sit down with certain members of the coaching staff on his visit and discuss everything Arizona related.
"When I was with Tony Dews, he was with the wide receivers and he was talking about how he thinks his wide receivers should be, so we talked about that," Roh said. "And it was just mainly it was just getting to know the coaches, the campus and the facilities."
Roh has discussed the Arizona coaching staff with his brother and the Michigan defensive end was positive about his former coaches, but he isn't advising his younger brother on which program to choose.
"They are the people who recruited him so he loves them," Roh said. "He tells me ‘Don't think because of what I have done you have to follow me'."
There is another familiar face on the Arizona staff. Former Chaparral head coach Charlie Ragle was hired to be the assistant director of football operations and many believe it will give UA an inside track to Chaparral recruits. Ragle's presence is a positive factor in Roh's recruitment as the receiver from Scottsdale likes the idea of having his former high school coach close by.
"It's nice to have him there," Roh said "If you need someone to talk to, he's there for you."
For now, Roh doesn't have any leaders as he is still in the early stages of his recruitment.
"I really haven't been able to look – Arizona is the first school I have visited – so I am keeping an open mind and trying to find the school that is the best fit for me." Roh said.
The interest surrounding Roh should only increase in the coming months. Outside of UA, two other schools have offered and a couple of others are sniffing around.
"Oregon State and Duke have offered," Roh said. "ASU I have been talking with lately and then UCLA I have talked with."
Roh has a busy schedule with several visits pending, including one this weekend to the Wildcats' biggest rival.
"I visited ASU this past Saturday," Roh said. "UCLA at the end of the month and then I am going to Oregon State in April."
The Chaparral product is taking his time as of right now. More schools are beginning to show interest and he could stretch out his recruitment until next year.
"I could take it all the way to signing day," Roh said. "Unless I find a place that I think is the place for me."
Roh enjoys Arizona visit
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