Junior to Watch: Anthony Rogers Jr.
High School: Saginaw, Michigan
Position: Middle Linebacker
Size and Speed: Rogers is 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. He has a 40-yard dash time of 4.8 seconds and a vertical teap of 25 inches.
Statistics: In his junior season, Rogers' statistics were limited due to his breaking his foot in the first quarter of the second game of the season. He sat out the rest of the regular season and only returned for the second round playoff game. He is now back to being 100% healthy.
Honors: He was named third team all-state as a linebacker.
Strong Points: "I'm a hard nosed, head-to-head player. I like contact."
Rogers said that he doesn't have any favorites at this time and that it's still too early for him to have narrowed his list down any. He has heard from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, UCLA, Purdue and many others.
He has been offered a scholarship by Michigan.
"Recruiting is coming on strong now. I don't have any favorites yet. I need to check each of them out more. I haven't narrowed it down at all. I want to see where I fit in at each school. I'll look at the depth chart to see how many linebackers they have and who's coming back. I don't want to redshirt. I want to play as early as I can."
Rogers has had several schools come to his school in order to watch tape and visit with him. Some of those who have visited are Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State. His comments follow on some of the visitors:
Michigan - "They have a good program. They're on TV a lot. They're televised worldwide. They always have a winning football team. Roy Manning plays there and he was a former teammate of mine when I was a freshman. I talked to Coach Jackson at my school. He was telling me how Michigan is good school and all, but he wasn't putting any pressure on me to commit or anything like that."
Nebraska - "Their running back or linebacker coach came to my school, but I wasn't there because I was taking classes at another school that day. They are a pretty good team. They are hard nosed and they always have good linebackers coming out of there."
Ohio State - "I like them. They're a good program too. They're on the rise lately and they have good players."
He says that distance isn't a problem for him. As for his parents' preference he said, "They're leaving it up to me. I want to go where I can play."
Skinny: Asked for his summer camp plans Rogers said, "I went to the Nike camp at Michigan State. I did pretty good. They interviewed me a few times while I was there and the internet story said that I was one of the top players there. I'm going to go to the Michigan camp too. I don't know yet if I'm going to any others."
Rogers plans to take all of his official visits. He's not planning on making an early decision on his commitment.
His priorities on his college choice are, "I want to go to a school that has broadcasting and journalism classes because that's what I want to major in. I want to see if my position is open and looking good for me. I don't care how far I have to go."
Rogers also participates in basketball, baseball and track where he runs the 200 and throws the shot and discus.