Will Only Take Two Visits

<b>Chris Rogers</b>, of Evangel Christian in Lakeland, Florida, is one of the top defensive backs in the southeast. Rogers is having a big year, despite missing Friday night's game. One coach was in attendance, but knew in advance Rogers would not see the field on this particular night.

"The season is going good. I wasn't able to play  Friday night because I have a deep thigh bruise. We won the game 62-0. I will return this week. Coach Ball, from Alabama, was at the game. I talked to him earlier in the week and told him I wasn't playing, but he still came," said Chris Rogers.

Did a visit from Coach Ball (Alabama) have an impact with Rogers?

"Coach Ball told me he just wanted to see me. It was straight. I really have to honor and respect he still came to see me. That really goes along way. He said it was nice to see me and that I looked bigger in person than I did on film."

Rogers was considering taking five visits, but now, only two schools will receive a visit.

"I think I am just going to go on my visit to Alabama and Maryland. I talked to my mom.  She said I shouldn't waste people's time on me coming to visit,  when I am really not interested," said Rogers.

The  6-0, 175 pound defensive back claims he is still committed to the Terps.

"I am still committed to Maryland, right now."

Rogers has not attended any games, but is keeping a close eye on both schools. He is impressed with the performances he has seen.

Maryland: "I have been watching them since they have been on ABC. They have lost some games, but it has not been because of the defense. They have been losing some close games. They lost three games in a row. The quarterback threw seven interceptions in two games. They didn't get blown out, so that's not bad. Anytime you're going to lose, if the quarterback throws that many picks. They have played good, but the facts show the wins and losses."

Alabama: "I finally talked to Coach Shula and the defensive coordinator last week. Coach Shula seemed real cool. He was straight and a nice guy to talk to. He was giving me a history of where he has been, like when he was down at Miami and Tampa Bay. Alabama looked really good against Tennessee. Their quarterback went down early in the season. They have to depend on their back up (quarterback) and he just has to step it up. The defense has been carrying the load and the secondary is playing really tight."

Both schools have talked to Rogers about early playing time.

"Alabama was the first school to talk to me about early playing time. That really stood out at first. Then, everybody else started talking to me about being able to play early. Everybody told me I have great man to man coverage skills and I had a great chance to play early. I know Maryland has one or two guys coming back, but you never know one of the guys on the bench could step up next year. I know I would have a good opportunity at Alabama to play early. I know they will have a few guys that will be seniors next year," said Rogers.

The talented defensive back is looking forward to his visits.

"I really don't know what I am going to be looking for. I hear people talk about their visits and I  want to experience it on my own. I guess a place where I feel at home, but I really don't know yet. I will definitely wait until after my visits before I make a final decision."

For the season, Rogers has recorded ninety-two tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one interception.

Friday night, Evangel (7-2) will host Trinity.

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