May 16, 2011

Does OL Wes Rogers have an Army offer?

Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis (IN) has become a familiar place for Army's fullback coach, Joe Ross, who has his eyes on two prospects from the Midwest school.

Although safety Kevin Brown claimed that he has an offer from the Black Knights, offensive lineman Wesley Rogers wasn't 100% sure, but indicated that he will be reaching out to Ross soon to clarify his status with Army.

"Coach Ross came to our school and talked to me and Kevin (Brown) about Army, their program and West Point," says the 6-foot-4, 274 pound lineman who plays multiple positions at Lawrence and like Brown, has strong interest in the Black Knights.

"I really like Army," he says, noting that the combination of a top tier education and quality football are essential in a school capturing his interest.

"It is one of the top five schools in the nation and the benefits from graduating from West Point are ridiculous … and they have great coaches there."

Outside of Army, Rogers has several other schools showing high interest in his talents, whereby the up and coming lineman claims to have already logged in several offers.

"I have offers from Louisville, Temple, Cincinnati, Ball State, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan," claims Rogers, who maintains a 3.92 GPA.

Going into his senior campaign, Rogers could see himself lining up in several positions and is open to the challenge.

"I really play wherever our staff wants me to play," he states. "I've played defensive end, nose, I've played center, guard and tackle on offense, which is where I think I will be playing this year."

So where does he see himself playing at the next level? "I really like offensive line, but if the school wanted me to play defense I would, but most schools are recruiting me as an offensive line," says Rogers, who indicated that right now, Louisville is his favorite, but stated that it would be to his benefit to visit Army.

"I've never been to West Point and I would love to visit …. I am emailing Coach Ross tonight to discuss the possibility of visiting," says Rogers, who understands the importance of the educational side of college football recruiting, along with the right environment.

"I'm looking for a good education … I realize football ends and you have to have a great education and I want to really like the coaches that I will be playing for the next four years. Playing close to home would be nice, but not a big deal for me."

But before he puts on any college jersey, Rogers knows that he has an entire senior season to play and can't get too caught up and in the recruiting hype, where he loses focus of the immediate task at hand.

"I've been killing myself and I can barely walk now," says Rogers, as he laughs about his training. "Friday we had a conditioning workout with our school's strength coach and it nearly killed me. I've really been hitting it hard and I work out at least twice a day … between weight training and everything else."

According to Rogers, he is not looking to prolong the recruiting process.

"I would like to make my decision before the season starts and not have to worry about it during my senior year and just enjoy it."

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