Bruggman pal has WSU offer, visits Saturday

FUTURE COUGAR Tyler Bruggman plans on bringing savvy, a strong arm and great field vision to the Palouse when he arrives next summer. But this weekend, the four-star QB will bring a childhood friend on an official visit to Pullman – one who just so happens to be a three- star athlete with a WSU offer who could line up on either offense or defense for the Cougs.

Jake Roh, a standout wide receiver for Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., sent in his senior season highlights to the Cougar coaches last Thursday -- it didn't take long for Cougs inside receivers coach Eric Morris to get in touch with Roh to deliver the good news.

"They offered me on Sunday afternoon," Roh said. "I was ecstatic... We've been talking for a little bit but it almost came out of the blue. I had sent them my tape last week and they got back to me just a few days later. It was awesome."

The 6-2, 190 pound versatile prospect plays both ways for Chaparral and will take his first official visit to Washington State. In addition to Washington State, Roh holds offers from Arizona, Oregon State and Duke while Boise State, UCLA and Washington are showing increased interest that could potentially lead to more offers, Roh said.

He hauled in 50 passes for 960 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior -- but also plays outside linebacker for the Firebirds.

THE COUGS HAVE OFFERED Roh as an Athlete, which to him is intriguing, Roh said.

"They're not sure if they want me on offense or defense," Roh said. "It really sticks out to me though because if one spot doesn't work out, I can go to another position. It shows me that the coaches are willing to let me have some versatility and that's something good to have at the next level."

WSU is looking at him at both outside linebacker and receiver.

A DRIVING FORCE for his interest in Washington State is indeed his relationship with Bruggman. Roh and Bruggman have played football against each other since they were both in the sixth grade. Roh said Bruggman isn't necessarily "recruiting" him, but he is certainly in his ear telling him why he should join him at Washington State.

"He's telling me a lot of good things about the program and he's really been informative," Roh said. "We have a great connection and he's a great QB. It definitely adds to my intrigue in Washington State. It would be a plus for me if I went there because I would have a relationship with someone rather than not knowing anyone."

Roh will be in Pullman on Saturday and said the coaching staff wanted to make sure he and Bruggman made the trip together.

"I'm excited to see the campus and get a feel for the coaches and the environment," Roh said. "If the official goes well, I'm going to try and come back again later in the season. I want to see if I like a small town or if I would prefer a big city. I'm hoping this weekend helps me out with that and I'm really going in with an open mind."

WSU WILL BE his first official visit, but he did take unofficial visits over the summer to UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State.

He doesn't have any other official visits set right now (Duke is probable for December) but as far as his WSU trip this weekend is concerned, there's one more thing he is looking forward to…

"Definitely, meeting coach Mike Leach," Roh said. "I'm excited to talk with him and meet him. He's one of the most renowned offensive coordinators in the country. He has a proven track record and everyone knows about the Air Raid offense."

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