Duke Blue Devils Football Recruiting: Jake Roh on final official visit


The Duke Blue Devils are the last ones with a chance to sway three-star wide receiver Jake Roh on an official visit, and he will be in Durham this weekend on his fifth official trip. He has already taken visits to the Iowa Hawkeyes, Washington State Cougars, San Diego State Aztecs, and Boise State Broncos. Roh is a highly regarded recruit from the state of Arizona and is mostly ranked in the top 15 among prospects from the state in 2013.

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Roh is a standout for Chaparral High at outside linebacker and wide receiver, but he is a better fit at WR after catching 6o passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. As a linebacker, Roh recorded 75 tackles and made some huge plays with five sacks and four picks (two went for pick sixes). As a receiver, it is plain to see both on tape and on paper that he is an excellent possession guy who can move the chains consistently for an offense. He has good size for the position (hey, he’s an LB), but he won’t be breaking off any home run plays or anything. However, the skill-set he brings to the table as a possession wideout is more than enough.

The statistics paint the picture of a great all-around recruit who is deserving of his solid three-star ranking and national status. Roh is one of the better wide receiver recruits in the country and would be a huge pick-up for Duke. In fact, he would immediately be one of their top five pledges in the 2013 class.

Duke is making a final push to add to their top 65 recruiting haul per most recruiting services, and they currently have 16 pledges. However, they are still well behind the curve in the ACC as far as football recruiting goes, which makes Roh an even bigger get. The Blue Devils have two commits at the wide receiver position, but neither Florida prospects are quite as talented as Roh. Johnell Barnes is also an impact recruit for Duke in his own right and Terrence Alls has upside, but Roh is simply on a higher level.

We’ll see how the official visit goes for Roh, and it’s easy to see why it is a huge one for all teams involved. In fact, the Cougars even set up an in-home visit with the three-star prospect a few days ago.

So it’s San Diego State, Iowa, Duke, Washington State, and Boise State.

Recruiting Prediction: It’s a tough call, but it seems like Washington State and Iowa are the best bets. I’m going with WSU at this point in time, due to the recent in-home visit that signifies a big push for the staff in trying to land Jake Roh.

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