Roh looking for a comfortable place

Jake Roh was one of Arizona's first offers in this class, but is taking his time. Read on to see where the Wildcats stand, where he wants to visit, and more.

Scottsdale Chaparral High School wide receiver Jake Roh has been hard at work this spring. He has been lifting weights and conditioning himself during the week and has worked with his quarterbacks on the weekends. All his effort is going towards having a successful senior season and getting noticed by college coaches.

Roh has done well so far, as he has received offers from Arizona, Duke, and Oregon State. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior has also received interest from San Diego State, UCLA, Utah, and Washington. They haven't offered yet, but he feels that they could be close.

The receiver didn't name any favorites, saying that he is, "wide open right now." However, Roh did say that the schools that he has offers from were the ones that stood out the most.

"As of right now, those are the schools that I'm most interested in because they have an interest in me," Roh said. "That's a big part, showing that they want me to play for them."

Roh has known Rich Rodriguez since he recruited his brother, Craig Roh, to Michigan four years ago. The connection has already gotten Arizona off to a good start with the younger brother.

"Rich Rod recruited my brother to Michigan," he said. "I've known him since I was in seventh or eighth grade. I have a good relationship with them."

Roh has already visited Arizona unofficially, but plans on visiting again sometime in the summer. He enjoyed his first trip, receiving an overview of the campus and plans for the new football facility.

He also met with the coaches, mainly Tony Gibson and Tony Dews. Together, Gibson and Dews have tried to sell Arizona to Roh from multiple angles, from location to where he fits in on the field.

"They always say that they really like me and want to use me as an inside receiver," Roh told us. "They like me their offense. The coaches like to stretch out that Y (receiver) and create a mismatch with the outside linebackers."

"The coaches say that if you feel homesick, then you drive an hour and a half and you're home. That's a big part of their recruiting pitch and it really doesn't sound that bad."

The Arizona coaches can sell location and playing time to Roh, but the biggest thing he is looking for in a college is comfort. He wants to feel close to the coaches and relaxed in the environment.

"Right now, I just want to feel comfortable with the coaches," he said. "A lot of places, you leave and say, ‘Eh,' but other places it's really easy to talk to everyone and things like that. It's not awkward or anything. That is probably going to be the biggest thing that I'm looking for right now."

He has also heard good things from his friends and family regarding Rich Rodriguez and his new staff at Arizona.

"People keep saying that Rich Rodriguez and Arizona are going to start tearing up the Pac-12," Roh said. "It's a really good thing to hear."

Roh plans on visiting Arizona, Duke, and Oregon State this summer, as well as attending a camp at a school that hasn't offered him yet. He hasn't decided which school, but says that there are no dream schools out there for him.

Roh also plans on ending his recruitment sometime in the fall, but admits that he could wait a little longer if necessary.

"I'd like to do it before my senior season starts, but if I don't feel comfortable by then, then I could take it to Signing Day," he said. "I just want to make sure that I find the right fit and stick with it."

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