Rohr Makes Plans

One of the better tight ends in the state of Wisconsin, Brookfield Central Sam Rohr had his sights set on possibly earning a scholarship at the Badgers' summer camp. With a rash of in-state tight ends committing to UW, Rohr is re-evaluating his options.

MADISON – Despite the fact his 18th birthday is more than a month away, Sam Rohr already knows what he's getting on his big day.

And it won't be wrapped up in a box.

Rohr, a standout Brookfield Central tight end, has decided to give himself a worry-free senior season by making his college choice on his special day, July 16, in order to eliminate recruiting distractions for his last high school hurrah.

"It's my own little present to me," Rohr told Badger Nation. "I want to make that decision then so that I don't have any distractions for my senior season, so I can focus off the bat and get ready to go and just have a phenomenal, fun last season as a high school player and move on to play the best four or five years of my life at the school I want to be at."

After watching teammate Marcus Aprahamian orally commit to Duke in May, Rohr decided to follow his lead in choosing a school prior to his final high school year.

"He was just done with all the distractions, and he got it out of the way," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Rohr of Aprahamian. "That's exactly the reason why I want to do it because I don't want to be distracted for my senior season."

Though Rohr plays high school football in Wisconsin, he has recently taken the Badgers off his list as a possible landing spot in Fall 2011 following the commitments of two other high school tight ends from his class. Merrill's Sam Arneson gave his oral commitment to Wisconsin in mid-April, while Waunakee's Austin Maly did the same in late-May. Rohr also believes Jake Keefer of Baldwin-Woodville, who committed to the team in March as a linebacker, will see time at tight end.

"Those guys were three main tight end players in the state of Wisconsin," said Rohr, who is rated as a two-star prospect by "Now, seeing as all three of them have committed, I don't know if there's really a point of going to Wisconsin's camp if there's no chance for me getting offered a position."

As a product of a Wisconsin high school, Rohr naturally had an interest in playing for the in-state Badgers, especially after former Brookfield Central teammates Jeff Lewis and Bryce Gilbert signed their letters of intent as part of the school's 2010 recruiting class. But since the other commitments by tight ends, Rohr has been forced to look elsewhere for a school.

"I have taken them (Wisconsin) off my list of schools to still be interested in," Rohr admitted.

Rohr has received scholarship offers from Minnesota, Akron and Northern Iowa. While he says he has interest in several other schools as well, Rohr admits the Golden Gophers may be his top choice right now.

"They're definitely a big-time school," Rohr said of Minnesota. "I've always dreamed about playing Big Ten football and they're the first ones who offered me."

Rohr has developed a strong connection with Golden Gophers tight ends coach Derek Lewis, as the two have spoken over the phone every Wednesday for the past three months.

"I've been just having a great connection with him when I've been talking to him over the phone for the last three months," Rohr said. "He's a great guy, and he sounds like the right coach for me."

Rohr will attend Minnesota's camp this summer, as well as programs at Iowa, Stanford, Michigan State, Cincinnati and possibly others throughout June and early July.

In addition to working out with his high school teammates during the summer, Rohr will continue his weekend workouts with private performance instructor Ted Lang, who has worked with him for the past three years.

"He helps me in getting down my form, making me fast," said Rohr of Lang, who has experience training many professional athletes. "(It's) a lot more agility work. We don't do any lifting. He helps me with my routes and just becoming a better football player and also, a better individual."

Whatever college he chooses to attend, Rohr assures his future coaches he will not disappoint.

"I will give 110 percent every practice, every down," Rohr said. "I will definitely work as hard as possible in the classroom. I'll give 100 percent there, and I'll make sure my grades are solidified and ready to rock so I can play the game on Saturday. I'll definitely do whatever it takes to be a part of this team. I'll work hard in the weight room, the classroom, on the football field, off the football field. I will overall be the best person I can be. Off the field, I will be a kind gentleman and a respected individual in the community, and also give back to the community as a hard-working individual and stay out of trouble."

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