About two weeks ago, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern wide receiver Eli Rogers backed off his commitment to the University of Miami. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound wide receiver had pledged to Randy Shannon's program back in June, but felt recently that he needed to evaluate his options further.
"I did it because I felt like I might not want to be under that system anymore," Rogers said. "I am still interested in them. It is not so much the playcalling, but when they are passing the ball I would like to see more wide receivers on the field like in a 3rd and 10, because sometimes I felt like I saw two or three tight ends out there.
"I just felt like I should open my options back up because if I get in a predicament and I don't want to go to the 'U', I don't want it to be at a point where no other schools are interested in me," Rogers added. "So I just felt like opening my options back up and weighing my options right."
The three-star wide receiver shared his current list of options.
"I am looking at LSU, Cincinnati, UCF, USF, Louisville, and Miami of course is still on the board," Rogers said. "All of them have offered me except LSU, but it is coming soon."
In order for him to make his next decision, Rogers says he must hit the road and check out a few of the schools. He is working towards setting up dates at this time.
"I am doing the clearinghouse (today), so by next week I should have my visits set," Rogers said. "I want to see Louisville, LSU, Cincinnati, UCF, and that is about it for right now. I will likely take them after my season."
When he steps on campus, Rogers knows what will help him make his next, and likely final, decision.
"I want to find an offense where I feel I fit in," Rogers said. "I will also look at the coaching and how well I can connect with the coaches. I want to have at least one coach I can go to and talk to about anything. I want a coach I can relate to and talk to."
As far as the offense that fits him best, Rogers said it is a spread offense with him being utilized as a slot receiver. As a senior at Northwestern, Rogers has missed two games with a knee injury but has 36 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns.