Explosive DE considering Nebraska

With Nebraska graduating both starting defensive ends this year; the Husker staff is looking to bring in players that can possibly contribute early in their careers. One of the top candidates for that position is Craig Roh, an explosive pass rusher that could bring a possible answer to the need for immediate help at the defensive end position.

One of the most dominant players Nebraska has offered this year undoubtedly has to be defensive end Craig Roh from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral high school. The Huskers weren't the only ones to recognize his talents as his offer list has swelled to over 30.

But after careful consideration with his family he has trimmed his list and Nebraska can see they are still in the mix. Big Red Report touched base with Roh to get his thoughts on the recruiting process and his Chaparral squad's outlook for the '08 season.

"We had a really hard practice today," Roh said, "but it feels good to get back out on that field. I really think it's going to pay off though. I seriously think this team is going to go to state and win it.

"We've got a lot of guys coming back on offense and defense and I honestly don't see any chinks in the armor. Most of our defensive line is back and we have a really good secondary. I'll be playing defensive end the whole game and tight end when we get in the red zone."

Roh also gave us some insight into what makes him such a sought after player, he summed up his skill sets with three things.

"I would say my football I.Q., my explosiveness off the line and my motor are my top three abilities as a football player. I think those are some of the things teams see in me too."

With so many offers on the table Roh explained the process of thinning them out.

"In the spring I took a lot of visits so I could see these schools and get an idea of what I liked and didn't like. With the schools I couldn't get out to, like Nebraska, we just had good conversations with the coaches and kind of narrowed it down from there."

Seems a conference call made by the Huskers staff is what has Roh excited about Nebraska.

"On the conference call I talked to head coach Bo Pelini and the entire defensive staff. They really made me feel like I'm a top priority. Coach Bo Pelini is so smart and defensive minded, he sounds like a guy that is really going to get the program going in the right direction. Playing for a defensive minded head coach is a draw for me."

Now with his top five picked out, Roh was asked to describe what separated them from all the other offers.

Arizona State: "ASU is close to home and I have a real good relationship with the defensive line coach. The staff is trying to do some good things there."

Michigan: "They have great academics, and I like the coaching staff. The have a good weight program there too."

Southern Cal: "A lot of tradition there, and they will maximize all the potential you have."

UCLA: "The school is in a good area and they have great academics. I think the new coach there will get them turned around."

Nebraska: "I love the idea of a defensive mined head coach, they have great tradition there and of course the Blackshirts. And I think there is a great opportunity for me to play there, possibly early."

As far as a time frame for a decision, Roh said he's not quite sure yet. It sounds like it might come sooner than later.

"I'm going to take officials to the schools I haven't seen yet, like Nebraska. If I get a really good feeling about a school on a visit, I'll pick that school right then and there. If I have to take all five officials I will. It's not really locked in, I'm just going to go with the flow."

Everyone is committing so early now, if I don't make an early decision I may end up missing the position I want at the place I want. So I think it will be better for me to make an early decision."

Roh said he didn't have a favorite team growing up and he considers himself "wide open" at this point. Big Red Report will stay on top of Craig Roh's recruitment, and continue to bring you the latest.

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