RECRUITING: D-end talks OSU, recruiting

AMONG THE PREP TARGETS at defensive end for Oregon State in the class of 2009 is Craig Roh, a 6-5, 225-pounder out of Scottsdale's Chaparral High. The Beavers are one of six schools who have already offered. And where he ends up could be determined in large part by what happens in the initial getting-to-know-you stages of recruiting.

Oregon State assistant Mike Cavanaugh is running the recruiting point for the Beavers on Craig Roh (6.5, 225, 4.6).

"Oregon State right now, I've talked to their o-line coach twice. He seems like a pretty nice guy. But I've only talked to him twice so I don't really know who he is... so (it's early) and I just need to strengthen all the relationships," said Roh.

That, finding out what the various schools and football programs are all about in the coming months, might very well be the chief factor in determining which school Roh eventually signs with next February.

"I can't really tell you if there's a leader right now because I don't know any of these schools really well. You hear about their reputations, like Oklahoma obviously is a great college with a ton of tradition, but I (personally) don't know who they are," said Roh.

THE SIX WHO have offered, including the Beavs, all like him at the defensive end spot. They include Oregon State, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Arizona and Miami. One of the reasons for the impressive list is because of the polish he's already displayed on the gridiron as a junior.

"They told me I have a good motor, that I never stop and I have good technique, that I know what I'm doing. They've said I have a good first step and stuff like that," said Roh.

It also doesn't hurt that Roh comes across as down to earth plus a hard worker in the classroom and out on the field.

"My dad pretty much handles all (unofficial visit plans) and I just handle all the schoolwork. So he'll tell me if I have anything coming up, I'm not actually aware of anything right now but I am doing an unofficial visit this weekend to U of A," said Roh.

WHILE THE RECRUITING process for Roh is just in it's initial stages, there is one coach who has slightly stood out in the early going.

"I kind of felt a good connection with the Oklahoma d-line coach. It just seemed like he was pretty certain about what he was talking about, that he knew what he was talking about and knew what he wanted," said Roh.

Distance will not be the overriding concern in the decision making process. Heading out of state for his college experience is a scenario Roh said he can envision as easily as he can one where he stays closer to home.

"It all depends really on a good fit. If it's a good fit, it will be easy to do that," said Roh.

ROH RACKED UP 99 tackles his junior season -- 15.5 of them were sacks.

As a result he took home the superfecta of postseason honors and accolades -- Roh was first team all-state, all-region, all-city and all-area as a junior.

Craig Roh profile and video


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