Roh Is Blowing Up

Craig Roh didn't take any unofficial visits for football games this past fall. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound three-star defensive end from Scottsdale, Ariz., said he wasn't getting that much college interest at the time.

Wow, how things have changed for Craig Roh.

Since early February, the Chaparral High standout has racked up all 21 of his scholarship offers. Oklahoma was the first to extend a full ride. Since then, the likes of Virginia Tech, Colorado, Miami, Kansas, Arizona, Arizona State and Wisconsin have offered. Late last week, Notre Dame became the latest program to throw its name in the hat for Roh.

"It's been really crazy," Roh said. "Almost every other day I've gotten an offer from somebody. I'm so thankful for all the offers because I never thought it would happen. Now that it has, it's been really exciting.

"I've been sending out my highlight tape, and I think the coaches are just starting to get them. Plus, they see a program like Oklahoma offered, and they figure if they've offered, I better look at this kid's tape."

Roh racked up 99 tackles including 15.5 sacks this past season. The all-state player helped lead Chaparral to the state semifinals where they lost to Corey Adams, another player with an Irish offer, and rival Saguaro High.

The way Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis offered, particularly grabbed Roh's attention.

"First I was talking to the defensive line coach, and he handed the phone over to Charlie Weis. Charlie Weis was like, I have a scholarship here, you think I should sign it? I was like yeah, and that's how he offered it.

"I know that they have been, and are going to be an amazing program. Charlie Weis is a great coach, coached in the NFL, won some Super Bowls. It's just a really good program."

Roh didn't talk to Weis about where he fits into the Notre Dame defense, but plans on getting in touch real soon.

"They say I have a good motor and explosive first step," Roh said of what college recruiters are telling him.

"I have been playing d-end because there aren't that many guys that have my size in high school. But I think I have the speed to play linebacker and be that hybrid kind of guy."

Roh runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He can bench press 270 pounds, and squat 420 pounds. He has a 4.3 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Roh has never visited Notre Dame before, but is familiar with the Midwest, Lake Michigan area. His father Fred Roh is from Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from Grand Valley State as the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball.

Every summer, the Roh family trips to Fred's old stomping grounds for two weeks.

"I think I'm coming when I make that trip to Michigan," Roh said. Notre Dame is only an hour and a half from Grand Rapids, so we'll definitely be making a trip down there."

The only trip Roh has on the docket right now is one to Stanford in two weeks. He said he may travel to USC while he's out there as well. He attended Arizona's junior day, and looks forward to getting out and seeing some schools.

Roh has set no timetable for a college decision, saying that he'll verbally commit when he feels he found the right place.

"I'm just looking for a good feel with the coaches and the players, the academics and the school history, and how I fit into the football team," Roh explained, adding that it's too early in the recruiting process to have any favorites.

But Notre Dame has to like their early position.

"It's definitely a school he's interested in," Fred Roh said. "It will be under serious consideration." Top Stories