Roh Sees Two

Jake Roh squeezed two official visits into his schedule last week. The 2013 Arizona LB-TE talked about the Iowa and Boise State stops, trimming his list to 3 schools, his last official and a decision timeline.

If you've ever been to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, you know that you'll be waiting in a long line to get ice cream. It's by far the busiest concession stand there.

When Iowa brought football recruits to the basketball facility Friday night, linebacker James Morris made sure his guy experienced the local dairy delight.

"He said he was going to get an ice cream and asked if I wanted one," said 2013 Arizona OLB/TE Jake Roh. "I told him I didn't and he said he was getting me one anyway because it was too good to pass up. It was good."

Roh officially visited Iowa on Thursday and Friday. He toured Boise State during the weekend.

"They are both big time programs," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Chaparral High (Scottsdale) product said. "They're just both really good places."

Roh is scheduled to take his fifth and final official visit to Duke this weekend. He then plans to sit down with his parents and his high school coaches to work towards a decision before Christmas.

"We'll lay everything out," Roh said. "I want to hear what they have to say because they're people who definitely have a lot of knowledge."

Roh also officially visited Washington State and San Diego State. He since has eliminated those schools from consideration.

"It's down to Boise (St.), Iowa and Duke," Roh said.

Roh arrived in Iowa on Thursday and was hosted that night by quarterback Cody Sokol, who came to Iowa from Arizona.

"I didn't know Cody but we ended up having a lot in common," Roh said. "We knew some of the same people. It was cool."

Iowa took Roh to Friday's basketball win against Iowa State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where Morris was the host. He saw the business school and the city.

"It's a college town and the environment there is probably second to none," Roh said. "And it's big time football."

Roh said he got to know better his lead recruiter, Iowa linebacker Coach LeVar Woods, head coach Kirk Ferentz and defensive coordinator Phi Parker. They made him feel like a priority in recruiting, he said.

Iowa sees Roh as a LEO linebacker. Duke would bring him in as a S/LB hybrid on a 3-5-5 scheme, and Boise State wants him as a tight end.

"Some days I like defense. Some days I like offense," Roh said. "When I go to Iowa and Duke and they talk about all the defensive stuff, I want to play defense. When I go to Boise, they're talking about offense and that sounds good."

Roh landed in Boise on Saturday and left Sunday night.

"It was very impressive," he said. "Boise is really cool. It has a lot to offer. It was interesting to learn about the program and the success they've had. I had a really good time there."

The Broncos are scheduled to move to the Big East in July. The unsettled state of that conference makes their future less than certain but the school says it still plans to join the league.

"Boise isn't really sure yet what they're going to do," Roh said. "That might have a little effect (on his decision), but they're a big time program. Whatever conference they end up in, they're going to have a chance to compete for the championship."

Roh feels like he'll have an opportunity to play early at all of his three finalists.

"At Duke, the guy playing my position was a senior this year so that spot is probably up for competition," he said. "At Boise, they run a lot of tight ends all of the time so there's always an opportunity there. At Iowa, there's definitely playing time available after my freshman year. They have three stud linebackers coming back next season."

Roh pauses when asked what factor will determine his choice.

"It's going to be the one where I feel there's the most opportunity; where I feel the most comfortable at," he said. "There will just be that feeling that it's the right place."

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