Campbell safety picks UCF
by Carlton D. White
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August 02, 2013 12:07 AM | 2148 views | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While Mike Rogers wasn’t able to do much for Campbell last season after fixing an eligibility issue, he did enough to garner him a lot of college attention.
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While Mike Rogers wasn’t able to do much for Campbell last season after fixing an eligibility issue, he did enough to garner him a lot of college attention.
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Campbell safety Mike Rogers has three goals entering the 2013 season — be a leader, help the Spartans make the playoffs and play hard and give all he can on the field.

Rogers will be able to focus on those goals because he no longer has to worry about which college he’ll attend. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior verbally commited to play football at Central Florida beginning with the 2014 season.

Rogers chose the Knights among 14 offers that also included Syracuse, Mississippi State, Missouri and Georgia Tech. He became Central Florida’s second Cobb County commitment, joining Harrison defensive end Joey Connors.

“I called the UCF coaches (Wednesday) night after practice and told them I was committing,” Rogers said. “(Thursday) was the first day of full pads, and I told myself that I wanted to commit to a school before we started full-pad practices, so I gave them the call.

“Plus, I wanted to be able to focus on my grades and my senior year. Now, I’ve gotten it off my chest and I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to go.”

Rogers took his visit to the Orlando, Fla., campus last month, during one of the Knights’ camps.

“It was a long day,” he said. “But, during my visit, I felt really good about it. It felt good to be in Orlando. A lot of my family lives down in that area and it’s not too far away for my mom to come and see me play sometimes.

“They have great coaches with coach (George) O’Leary and his assistants. They have great facilities and great academics, so it should be fun when I head down there.”

Rogers praised his mother, Anita Perkins, for her approach on his school choice. She provided input on what she liked, but really left the decision up to her son.

“My mom was with me for the trip,” Rogers said. “She’s been with me for all of it. She liked the coaches at Central Florida, but she liked Georgia Tech, too, because it was close and had great academics. But she wanted me to pick the school that I wanted to go to. She’s been with me all the way with this thing, through thick and thin.”

Rogers only appeared in five games for Campbell last season, due to eligibility issues after moving from Chicago, injuries and adjusting to the Spartans’ playbook.

“We’re excited for him,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said. “(UCF) is getting a football-savvy kid with the physical and mental tools to play the game at the next level. They’re getting a kid who, I honestly believe, is one of the best in the state at safety.”

According to Rainbow, Rogers has “flown under the radar” in Georgia, but is a “four- to five-star” player who came to Campbell right before the season started.

“We had to get him use to the swing of things,” Rainbow said. “After his issues were taken care of, every time he stepped on the field, he made plays for us. He’s been a rock in our secondary and played some running back for us.

“His recruiting highlight tape was of a small sample size, since he only played in five games for us, but it was an impressive sample size. When he was on the field, he made plays. Plus, he’s a humble and impressive kid who cares more about the team than he does himself.”

With his commitment behind him, Rogers is ready for the season.

“I’m ready to ball out now that that’s over,” he said.
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Ward H
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August 03, 2013
Why would his family and coaches let him pick a school that will be on NCAA probation?
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