Jake Roh passed on the ACC. He declined an invitation to the Big Ten and gave the Pac-12 a "thanks but no thanks." Instead, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral athlete is headed to the Mountain West … er… the Big East. Well, probably.
That's how strong the draw of Boise State was. Roh spurned Duke, Washington State and Iowa to pledge his services to the Broncos, a program that seems to be stuck in the process of sorting out its conference future. The move itself says a lot about Roh's feelings on the school, but the three-star prospect doesn't mind jamming the point home verbally.
What sold him? That's easy.
"I was just very confident in Boise State," Roh said. "At the end, Boise State isn't going to be left out. I did a lot of research on the conferences and talked to people who know what they're talking about. Whatever happens with these conferences, I know we're going to end up in a big conference. I'm very confident that we'll be right there if the situation comes to that."
Roh, who starts at tight end and linebacker at Chaparral, says he will play H-back at Boise State. So while his versatility is a bonus, Chris Petersen's staff already has a niche carved out for its newest commit.
"They like me as a wide-receiving tight end," Roh said. "As we all know, Boise State knows how to use their tight ends. They think if I come in and prove myself, I could have an early opportunity to play. They see me as that receiving H-back position."
Peterson and his staff were on the field for Las Vegas Bowl warmups when Roh made the call that ended his recruitment. The phone was passed around, and the mini celebration got started. Then came a message from Peterson, who momentarily removed his focus from last-minute preparation for his team's postseason clash with Washington.
"He told me, 'You better watch the game because we open against the University of Washington next year, so you better study up'," Roh said. "You know, they were fired up and excited."
Roh held eight offers and gave serious consideration to Washington State and Duke. He narrowed his options to Boise State and Iowa early this week.
As a senior, Roh caught 58 passes for 805 yards and 13 touchdowns. He recorded 72 tackles from the linebacker position.