It looks to be a strong year for talent in Arizona next year and one player who is being recruited at the high national level is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral athlete Craig Roh. Roh is hearing from schools all over the region and picked up his first three scholarship offers in the last 24 hours.
Roh, 6-4, 225 pounds will be one of the top two way plays in the West region. He plays both tight end and defensive end and earned all-region and multiple all-state honors as a junior. Roh racked up 100 tackles, 15.5 sacks and forced five fumbles this past season and is easily among the top rush ends in the region.
On the recruiting front, schools like Stanford, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Boise State and Utah have all visited the school and Alabama, UCLA, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin, among others have either called the coaching staff or are sending letters.
Oklahoma and Stanford both offered and while we were talking with Fred Roh, father of Craig, Arizona offered a scholarship as well.
"It's been a crazy but exciting day for sure," Fred said. "The Oklahoma offer kind of came out of nowhere. They had been talking with our coaches but I don't believe they ever visited the school. They watched Craig's film and must have really liked it because they sent an offer in the mail this week.
"With Stanford, Coach Harbaugh visited two weeks ago and they called and said an offer will be coming in the mail shortly. Now with Arizona offering, it has been hard to keep up but it sure is great to have all these options.
"Right now, Craig is really open to everyone and we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about where he may visit in the spring or who his favorite schools are. He's just looking for a school with the best combination of athletics and academics and a place where he'll fit in well with the coaches and players. He has no problem leaving the state, he just want to find the best overall fit for him."
Academically, Roh is very strong carrying a 4.3 GPA. With his combination of talent on the field, and academics off of it, look for the offers to continue to roll in for Roh the rest of the Spring.