Posted: 12:35 am Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Mike Rogers: Georgia Tech in Top 3 for Smyrna DB 

By Michael Carvell

DB Mike Rogers of Campbell High School (247sports.com)

DB Mike Rogers of Campbell High School (247sports.com)

One Georgia prospect to watch over the next few weeks is Mike Rogers, the 3-star safety from Campbell High School.

Rogers has been committed to UCF since last summer, but has been hotly pursued by other colleges after a stellar senior season.

After thinking about it for a while, Rogers has decided to take a closer look at both Georgia Tech and Ohio State, according to high school. He has offers from both, and is mulling over visit dates.

Rogers’ mother talked to the AJC about the three schools:

  • On Ohio State: “He’s a little torn. He loves Ohio State. He has wanted to play at Ohio State since he was nine years old. He has been following the Buckeyes for years and years and years. However, it is quite a distance and I’m not in favor of Ohio State because of the distance. We discussed it together. In the end, I just want what is best for him. Whatever he decides, that’s the ultimate decision. He is taking in consideration some of the things I’ve said about him going that far away from home with us not being able to give him the support that he needs. It’s nothing against Ohio State. I’m just not in favor of him going that far away from home with his first opportunity to be away from home for that long. Football is a physical sport, and having that whole change of atmosphere – I just think he needs to be closer to home.”
  • Georgia Tech: “Georgia Tech is awesome. We visited once in the past, and I like Georgia Tech a lot. I like the whole educational piece that Georgia Tech has to offer. I’ve heard a lot of good things about their football program, and about the outcome of the guys who played for their football program, so I’m definitely in favor of Georgia Tech. But again, we’re going to make a decision as a family.”
  • UCF: “It’s awesome. We have family in central Florida. My mother is there. My sister is there. So even in the event I’m not there for something, my mom or my sister or someone else very close to him is there and can help support him as well. It’s kind of his home away from home. We visited there a lot and have enjoyed it. I’ve done a lot of research on UCF, and I’m impressed.”

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24 comments
wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

The same circumstances apply as they always have.  Tech offers by far the best education that any football player can get if he is interested in education.   If he "knows" he'll be in the NFL it may not matter at all.  Reality is that rarely do any of these guys get an NFL contract so what is their plan for the real world.  There are too many worthless degrees handed out.   Get one that is worth working for.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Would love to see the hometown guys stay around so their fans can watch them play and mature.  Does not hurt for the future job market either when their playing days have ended.

JM64
JM64

Tough decision for him to make. 

Jimmy2times
Jimmy2times

Atlanta to Orlando and Cincinnati are the same distance, Ohio state campus is a hour and a half from Cincinnati. Really not that much farther

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

So far, of GT's 19 commits, 11-13 of them are projected to play defense.  If we can get Mike Rogers to come on board it's another win for GT and CTR's revamping of the defense.  GT has proved it can stop the run, getting talented players for the secondary will help shore up the passing D.

Caius
Caius

"Sounds like a total Momma's Boy.  Should make a great fit for the Nerds." 

The person that wrote this is really a dummy and totally unaware of the real world outside of football.

 

ahurt34
ahurt34

You have to pick UCF based on those factors.  Close enough to visit very often, a superb BCS winning football team, several very well-respected tech programs, and a consistent coaching staff with a huge emphasis on academics.  While it would be nice for the kid to be in Atlanta for college, he has to have the opportunity to be out on his own a little more.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

JacketMan.......good post and good for GT to stand by this player.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

GT is a great place to play college football an a degree from GT is respected everywhere (even the rabid UGA fan base respect the GT degree, but they do not admit it in public forums.


The GT coaches are consistent and honest with recruits.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Mike is an amazing young man. Because of the situation at home, he has had to work part time while going to school, which caused him to miss taking his College Boards so far. This means he (probably) won't even sign his LoI on National Signing Day because his scores won't be back in time. While a lot of programs WON'T hold a scholarship for him, GA Tech has told him they will.

Woofer
Woofer


Sounds like a total Momma's Boy.  Should make a great fit for the Nerds.

CT_Jacket
CT_Jacket

@ahurt34   Atlanta to Orlando is not close.  Orlando is only slightly closer than Columbus, OH.  Central Florida has been ranked twice in the last nine years, so I wouldn't call it superb.  (I'm not saying GT is superb either.)  UCF may have some well-respected programs but the school is ranked #170 by US News, so I wouldn't pick them over Tech in that regard.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@WooferWoofer, you are a jerk...oh, that is redundant as per your name!

Towaliga
Towaliga

@Woofer , Carvell, who is a UGA homer that can't spell Georgia ("... of Goergia Tech") makes a great fit for the dwags (and since you probably don't understand that spelling of dwags since they don't give the employee discount for items with that at Walmart, Google "Go Dwags").

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@CT_Jacket 

Interesting argument there.  ATL to OSU is a 9 hour drive vs. 7 hours to UCF.   People forget how big, area wise, Ga and Fla are.