“My coach called me and told me I got offered by him,” Rogers said. “Ryan Gibson, I’ve learned a lot. He’s told me a lot of good stuff about them. I like the school, from what he said about them.”
The offer is the first for Rogers, who knows about the area surrounding the school, as well as the weather (it was cloudless and 70 degrees for the second day of the official visit weekend at the end of January).
“The football program’s really good, as well as the academics,” said Rogers. “I know they put a lot of people in the NFL.”
One former Bear in the NFL -- Aaron Rodgers -- just scored his second MVP award on Saturday, after playing a year with former Cal tight end Richard Rodgers for the Green Bay Packers.
“It’s a great school,” Rogers said.
This past season, Rogers’s sophomore year, he hauled in 52 passes for the Rock-a-Chaws, piling up 877 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
“I’m pretty sure that they like that I can block, and split out as a flex tight end, kind of like Jimmy Graham does,” said Rogers, who plays in a spread attack similar to Cal’s. “Graham is my idol.”
Rogers is the No. 2 receiver when he slots out, and can jump to the No. 3 spot, as well.
“When they need me, I drop down as a tight end to block,” Rogers said. “When we need to get a few yards, I drop down and block for my running back.”
That run game churned out 1,731 total yards this season, in part, thanks to Rogers.
Another part of that run game was Gibson, who was beyond excited for his teammate to receive a Cal offer.
“He was very excited,” Rogers said. “He called me the minute after. He texted me, and he was like, ‘Congrats bro! I hope I’ll see you up there, when I’m playing!’ I was like, ‘Thank you. It means a lot, and I appreciate all your help.’”
In fact, it was Gibson who indirectly led to Rogers’s offer.
“Coming to watch Gibby, when they came down to visit the school, I think coach [Bill] Conides, our head coach, gave them my film, and they liked me,” Rogers said.
Rogers has a 3.0 GPA, and plans to visit Berkeley over the summer.
“I think we’re coming out there June 19 through the 21st for the football camp,” Rogers said.