Roh Talks Iowa Offer

Jake Roh only began hearing from Iowa during the last month. The Hawkeyes made a good first impression and are in line for the final official visit for the Arizona linebacker.

Jake Roh confirmed via text on Sunday night at he would be officially visiting Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 6 to Saturday morning, Dec. 8.

Kirk Ferentz said on Wednesday that Iowa was looking for linebackers in the 2013 recruiting class. The Hawkeyes have targeted Arizona's Jake Roh to fill that need.

"Iowa just started getting involved with him about two or three weeks ago," Roh said. "They came across my film somehow. They asked if they could have an in-home visit.

"Coach (LeVar) Woods came over to my house and they extended the offer. It was really exciting after hearing everything about Iowa."

Roh has visited Washington State and has scheduled trips to San Diego State, Boise State and Duke. If he took them all, he would have one more official trip to take per NCAA rules.

"Since this Iowa offer kind of came out of the blue really late, I definitely want to get out there for a visit," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Roh said. "It's definitely a place I'm interested in. We're going to try to make it happen somehow even if we have to do it midweek."

Roh hopes to make his college decision by mid-December.

"That's kind of why I want to fit Iowa in there as soon as possible," he said. "I don't want to prolong this process."

The Hawkeyes see Roh as an outside linebacker. His brother, Craig Roh, is a senior defensive end at Michigan. Their father, Fred Roh, is an alumnus of the Grand Valley State (Allendale, MI) basketball program.

"We grew up watching Michigan football," Jake said. "I've seen Iowa play multiple times. I've seen their stadium and it looks like a really cool place to play.

"I think there's a lot of opportunity there. They're known for developing guys and turning them into studs. That's a big thing for me. I've only been playing defense for a year and a half. I feel like I still have a lot to learn to reach my potential."

Roh is leaning towards a business major in college.

"I'm looking for that feeling that when I leave a place (after a visit) that I feel like it's the place I want to be," he said. "Academics are important and so is an ability to play, if that's freshman year or sophomore year. I want to go to a place where I have an opportunity to be successful. I want to bond with the coaches."

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