Tide Visits Florida DB

Chris Rogers, of Lakeland High School, is one of the top defensive backs in Florida. Rogers made a commitment to Maryland, but Alabama has not stopped recruiting him. The Tide is making a strong push to land the three star defensive back.

Maryland was the first school to make an in-home visit.

"Coach Banks, from Maryland, was here Wednesday," said Chris Rogers. "The visit went really good. He said he was not really concerned about me visiting Alabama. Coach Banks talked to me about the city of Baltimore and Washington D.C. He talked about the atmosphere and how they were about to expand on the stadium. He said they could play in the ACC championship. He (Banks) stayed about three hours and fifteen minutes because we ate dinner."

Alabama secondary coach, Chris Ball, made the second visit of the week.

"Coach Ball was here Thursday, for about two and a half hours. He said next time he came to visit, he was bringing the big man, Coach Shula. Coach Ball talked about how they are not on probation anymore. He said I would have a good chance to come in and play early. They want a big corner to come in and play with Simeon Castille in the future. They have mostly seniors, next year, in the secondary. I could learn a lot from them. Coach Ball said he has coached six guys that are now starting in the secondary in the NFL."

With a commitment to the Terrapins, Rogers is giving a hard look at the Crimson Tide.

"I am strongly considering them. I talked to my uncle after the visit with Coach Ball. He could tell I really like Alabama. Alabama is recruiting me the hardest right now. I really like Alabama because they have the number six rated communications school in the nation. I am planning to major somewhere in the field. The difference in Alabama and Maryland to me, Alabama runs a lot more man to man coverage than Maryland. I feel a lot more comfortable playing man to man. That could play a key role in my decision and the fact they play true freshman," said Rogers.

The regular season is over and only the bowl games remain. Alabama is going to a bowl and Maryland is not. There are several things that stand out in Rogers' mind about each school.

Maryland: "They were always playing on ABC. The whole conference was very competitive. They had close games against Duke and Florida State. Each week, they had to play hard. The defensive backs were not the strong point on their team."

Alabama: "I like the aggressive play calling. They were on television a good bit. They just really had good play calling."

Rogers is looking at a few key aspects before reaching his final decision.

"I really don't know what is going to be my deciding factor. The official visits will play a big part and what I have obtained through the coaches. I am going to sit down with my mom and talk about it after my visits. Everyone will have their opinion about where I should go, but I will be the one who will have to go there four years."

A decision will not be reached for the star defensive back until after his visit to Alabama.

"I will probably know my final decision after I take my visit. I am going to think about it for about a week after the visit. I will decide when I think everything through," said Rogers.

Rogers' had an impressive senior year, but his team fell short in the play-offs. Rogers' is now focused on getting himself prepared for the next level.

"I learned a lot during my senior year. I found out how dominant I can be in other areas and how I could help my team more. I was disappointed we didn't win state because of all the hard work and hours that we put into it. It hurt being the captain of the team and not winning state. It was a great year and I am ready for college. Everyone says I am a physical corner, but I think I am better man to man. I want to improve on my lateral movement and my man to man cover skills. I think I have great ball skills and my knowledge of the game makes me so much better. I never really got beat during high school. It is going to be interesting to see how I handle myself once someone catches a few passes in front of me," said Rogers.

Rogers finished his senior year with 144 tackles, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions, and three pass break-ups.

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