April 20, 2008

Roh could have role at UT

It's no secret that Tennessee is thin along the defensive front, and the Volunteer staff is doing its best to address this in the class of 2009. One player that coaches have targeted is Scottsdale, Ariz., defensive end Craig Roh.

"Tennessee is under top consideration," Roh said. "I know they have a good football program and they are in a great conference. I just need to get out there and talk to the coaches and look at the school."

Living so far away form Knoxville, Roh admits that the local schools have a slight advantage.

"The schools that are close, I'm definitely going to look at," Roh said. "I'm going to go there and look at USC, Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State."

Roh's goal for this summer is to see as many schools as possible including a trip to South Bend this past weekend.

"Right now, I'm going to take some unofficial visits to some colleges," Roh said. "I've seen USC and Stanford and I went to Notre Dame this weekend. I'm open to any school and I'm just looking right now."

Roh (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has a lot of upside, but he never stops working. He is focused on becoming the best player he can become while continuing to do the things he does well.

"Coaches have told me that I have a good motor, good speed off the edge and an explosive first step," Roh said. "I want to show coaches what I can do at camps this summer. It's like an audition."

In those auditions, Roh hopes to show that he has improved his hips.

"I've been working on my hip flexibility," Roh said. "Coaches have told me that I have stiff hips; I need to work on them so I can make quick cuts. That can get a defensive lineman in a groove."

Roh is all business on the football field and in recruiting, but he does enjoy himself on the offensive side of the ball. It's a place he won't be playing much longer, and he tries to have fun playing tight end because he gets the ball in his hands.

"Offense is a change of pace for me," Roh said. "I know it will be my last year playing offense, but I love to hit people, especially the quarterback. That is my passion."

That passion will be on display all summer long at camps across America. All along Roh will be trying to figure out what direction he wants to go while working toward a decision.

"Right now, I'm trying to slim down the schools because I have so many," Roh said. "I would like to make my decision before football starts, but that probably wouldn't happen. If everything felt right I wouldn't hesitate to end things."

Rivals.com rates Roh as a 4-star defensive end and a member of the Rivals250 for 2009.

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