Roh looking at position change

Jake Roh could be switching positions. Read on for the reason, what it means for Arizona, and more.

Scottsdale Chaparral High School wide receiver Jake Roh is coming towards the end of the recruiting process, but is now looking at college in a new light.

Roh, who many expected to play one of the receiver positions or tight end at the next level, is gaining interest in playing defense.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound high school senior took over one of the outside linebacker slots in the middle of last season when an injury arose. Since then, he has slowly been gaining interest in playing on defense in college.

"Now, a lot of people around me that I trust most have been saying that I'll play outside linebacker in college instead of receiver," Roh said. "An ex-NFL player that I talk to said that and I'm just trying to figure it out right now."

Roh has been working on his defensive skills over the summer, as well as visiting a few camps. He was at UCLA for a camp and also attended a passing camp with the Wildcats in Tucson.

"I've been down there before, but this time it was more about sitting down and talking with the coaches," Roh said of his UA visit. "They talked about the scheme and where I fit in and everything. The coaches told me where they want me to play and it was a good trip."

Arizona is one of the schools looking at Roh for offense and defense, along with Colorado and Duke. However, the Wildcats are quickly running out of scholarships and the coaches have talked to Roh about the situation.

"(The coaches) let me know what was going on," he said. "They said, ‘Hey we're starting to fill up a little bit, so we don't want you to miss out on any big opportunities."

Arizona running out of scholarships could be the major factor in Roh's recruitment. He is admittedly concerned about the situation, but will still take his time and let the process take its course.

"It worries me and then it also doesn't," he said. "I obviously don't want to lose an opportunity to go to a school, but I'm also trying to keep all my options open until I'm sure of my decision.

"It made me start to think a little harder and deeper about what I want to do, but it really hasn't changed too much about the recruiting process."

Roh said that the scholarship situation at Arizona wouldn't impact his plans for the rest of his recruitment. He plans on visiting Oregon State in a few weeks and then Duke after that.

When those visits have been taken, Roh will concentrate on his high school season, but also keep on eye on the players in his recruitment before deciding on a school a few weeks into the season.

"I think I'll announce a few games into the season," Roh said. "I want to watch a few of the teams that are recruiting me and see how they are playing and running their stuff.

"I want to see what they've been selling to me firsthand. So, I'd say a decision will come a few weeks into the season."

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