Posted: 5:46 am Friday, January 24th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
Mike Rogers, a two-way football star from Campbell High School, told the AJC he could know as early as Friday whether he’s going to stick with his commitment to Central Florida or flip to Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech gained a lot of momentum this week after coach Paul Johnson and assistant Andy McCollum made an in-home visit with Rogers and his mother.
“They just told me how interested they were, and how badly they wanted me,” Rogers said. “They offered me a full ride for five years with everything paid for. They talked to my mom, and my mom liked everything they were talking about. And I liked everything they were talking about.
“I’m going to give it until Friday or whenever just to soak it all up and see where my mind is. I’m going to pray about it, and by that time, I should have a decision made.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Rogers had a breakout senior season at Campbell, rushing for 1,735 yards and 23 touchdowns in the state’s largest classification in only 10 games. On defense, Rogers finished with 85 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. He also played all special teams, returning four kicks or punts for touchdowns.
“He was a human highlight film,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow told the Marietta Daily Journal’s John Bednarowski. Rainbow also added, “I grew up in Cobb County, and he’s the best player this county has ever seen.”
Rogers, who is rated as a 3-star and the state’s No. 41 overall prospect, committed to UCF last July. He got offers during his senior season from Ohio State and Vanderbilt, among others. UGA also took a long hard look.
Rogers hasn’t been able to take any official visits yet because he hasn’t taken the SAT yet. He will take the test for the first time on Saturday (He’d probably be ranked among the state’s top 20 prospects if he had already gotten the SAT out of the way).
But Rogers has made a couple of unofficial visits to Georgia Tech.
“I like everything about Georgia Tech,” he said. “The education is good there. It’s the ACC, of course. Only the best play in the ACC and SEC. Coach Paul Johnson, he’s a straight-up man. He keeps it real with you. McCollum keeps it real with you, too. I have been to Georgia Tech’s campus (on unofficial visits), and I’ve seen little bits. I just really like it.”
What position is Rogers being recruited by Georgia Tech? “I’m listed as an athlete,” he said. “What they told me was that they would try to get me on the field as soon as possible so I could play as true freshman. But I’m listed as an athlete, so it’s wherever I can play. I really want to play safety. They even talked about me going both ways, so it sounded pretty good.”
What does Rogers like about UCF? “I just like the coaching staff, and when I went down there, all the coaches jumped up and they were really hyped up about me. They really showed me a lot of love. And another thing is I have a lot of family close to the campus that can look out for me.”
Rogers has one of the biggest decisions of his life to make. “Bascially what I’m waiting on … I’ve been praying about it and talking to my mom. I’ve asked God to guide me, to answer my prayers about this. And that’s when I will make my final decision. My mom has already given me her blessing, and now it’s up to me.”
- Georgia Tech is in the sweepstakes for defensive tackle Michael Sawyers, the 3-star from Nashville who took an official visit with the Yellow Jackets this past weekend. Sawyers has official visits planned to Ole Miss and Notre Dame over the next two weeks, according to Rivals. Sawyers was committed to Vanderbilt until the coaching change. Sawyers told the AJC he had an in-home visit with Paul Johnson on Thursday night.
- This weekend, Georgia Tech will entertain Norcross High School athlete Myles Autry on an official visit. Autry told the AJC earlier this week that he will report to Georgia Tech on Friday, go back home on Saturday morning to take the SAT, and then return immediately after to the Yellow Jackets to finish out his recruiting trip. Autry, whose older bother plays for Georgia Tech, plans to take an official visit to Florida State next week.
Georgia Tech has 19 commits for its 2014 recruiting class.
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