Class of 2009 defensive end/tight end Craig Roh (6-5, 230, 4.75) from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral is having an outstanding junior season and is one of the reasons his team is 7-1 with No. 2 state ranking in the 4A division.
Roh is the defensive leader, leading the team in tackles and sacks, despite being double and triple teamed for most of the season.
Through his eight games, Roh has 53 tackles, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one safety.
Roh's 13 sacks for a loss of 86 yards ranks him No. 1 in 4A and No. 2 for of the state's divisions. He has added two receptions as a tight end.
Chaparral's lone loss this season came at the hands of last year's state champs and the No.1 ranked 4A team in the state, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro in a thriller 31-28.
In the weight room, Roh currently power cleans 225, benches 260, and squats 380. He is also excellent in the classroom as his 4.3 GPA would indicate.
A good all around athlete, Roh also plays basketball and as a sophomore earned defensive player of the year for the varsity team.
"Craig is a definite Division I prospect," Chaparral Coach Charlie Ragle said. "He practices and plays with a high motor and physically dominates.
Ragle is in his first year as Chaparral head coach after coaching with Dirk Koetter at ASU last year so he definitely knows what a D-I coach looks like.
"Craig is one of the most cerebral kids that I have coached and uses his hands better than anyone I have ever coached and has a great frame to build on," Ragle said. "As a junior, his upside is huge as a prospect for the '09 class."
Roh comes from outstanding athletic bloodlines. His father signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons and played five seasons in the CBA.
Roh has the potential to get even bigger as his Father stands at 6-foot-7.
Schools indicating interest at this time are Stanford, Northwestern, Northern Colorado, Idaho State and Montana.
Look for that list to grow a bunch over the course of the season and into spring.