Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers wide receiver Mike Rogers has already had a strong off-season, garnering attention for his play at recent camps and combines. This past weekend, that effort paid off when Iowa became the first school to extend him a scholarship offer.
"The offer came Saturday morning," Rogers reported. "I was leaving 7-on-7 practice and I got a call from my receivers coach at Bishop Luers. He told me he had gotten a call from Coach Eric Johnson at Iowa and gave me his number, told me to call him. We were talking a little bit and he told me, 'I would like to offer you a scholarship at Iowa,' and asked if I had any questions.
"I was real excited, but I didn't really have any questions. I was just enjoying it a little bit and got back to working real hard."
After discussing the offer, Coach Johnson invited Rogers down to Iowa City for an unofficial visit. Rogers is now looking at dates when he can make that trip.
"Me and my receivers coach from Bishop Luers were supposed to make it up for the spring game, but I have the ACT that day," Rogers said. "So I am going to get in touch with Coach Johnson this week and see if I can set up to make it down there for one of the spring practices."
That first offer was followed closely by offer No. 2. Rogers learned the next day that he was also receiving an offer from a MAC program.
"On Sunday I called Coach [Warren] Ruggiero from Bowling Green and he offered me a scholarship too," Rogers said. "I went down there for a camp and their junior day last month. It's a nice facility and I feel real comfortable there. My quarterback is going there from this year, James Knapke."
After enjoying the news of his first two scholarship offers for a couple days, the 6-1, 190-pound Rogers is now back to work with training in hopes of landing more offers. He has heard extensively from Indiana, and the Hoosiers want him to come down to see a spring practice on March 24.