Roh Talks Michigan Visit

Craig Roh came all the way from Scottsdale, Arizona to check out Michigan this weekend. His first time even in the state, Roh came away with a positive impression of the Great Lakes State and also talked about his family ties to Michigan.

With 35 offers in hand and more still coming in, Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, AZ) defensive end Craig Roh will have his pick of the litter as far as where he plays his college football. Consequently, he has taken to the road, visiting possible suitors and he recently made a trip out to the Midwest, stopping at Notre Dame and most recently, Michigan.

"This was my first time there," he said, "It was really good, I got to see the trainer, the facilities and what they're really about. I didn't really know what to expect, so there wasn't anything that I expected. When I got there, it seemed like they are turning the program around with Coach Rodriguez and changing from bulk, which is what the Big Ten has been to speed."

A big part of that speed is the revamped strength and conditioning program and Roh, like most recruits, had an informative meeting with the man behind it all: strength and conditioning director, Mike Barwis.

"He's out of this world good," Roh said of Barwis, "He was the most impressive strength and conditioning coach I've seen. He's very outside the box, they don't just do ordinary lifting and that really impressed me."

Roh, who has recently been to USC, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona and Oklahoma in addition to his trips to Notre Dame and Michigan, says he is done with trips for the summer and will now focus on getting in the weight room as well, to add weight to his 6'5, 225-lb frame.

He says it is likely he will be back in the fall to catch games in both Ann Arbor and South Bend and right now, both are in good shape, despite the long distance.

"It's not really that big of a factor," he said of the location, "I just want to fit in with the people wherever I go. With Michigan, I actually have family here (in Grand Rapids), so that would make it easier to fit in as opposed to going to another school. Michigan and Notre Dame are definitely going to be on my short list – the top 10-15 that I put out pretty soon."

As for a final decision, Roh said, "Realistically, I'm not going to make a decision before my senior season, I want to get down to a top five and have it be manageable and decide after season."

As a junior, Roh had 15.5 sacks and 99 tackles. He is also an excellent student with over a 4.0 grade point average. He will play in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Fla. in January of 2009.

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