Cal Gets its 2016 QB in Commit Armani Rogers

Strong-armed Armani Rogers pulls the trigger and commits to Cal after a weekend visit to Berkeley. What are the Bears getting in the Los Angeles (Calif.) Hamilton signal-caller? We take a look.

California snagged its first commit of the 2016 cycle late on Sunday night, from three-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Hamilton quarterback Armani Rogers.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound signal caller (he was 6-foot-3 at the age of 14) committed to the Bears over Colorado State, Utah and UCLA, following a junior day visit on Saturday.

Rogers played junior varsity at Encino (Calif.) Crespi as a freshman (Ray Davison is an acquaintance) and then transferred to Culver City as a sophomore, where he passed for 1,289 yards and nine touchdowns, before transferring to Hamilton and winning Western League Player of the Year this past season, lifting the Yankees to a 12-4 overall record.

Rogers -- the son of former National Football League linebacker Sam Rogers, who played against Keyshawn Johnson in the NFL, and who still is friends with the former All-Pro wide receiver -- is a strong-armed dual-threat quarterback who’s already perfected downfield touch and accuracy, and is a plus-plus athlete who runs hard and angry when he pulls the ball down, and he doesn't go down easily with arm tackles. He has a very versatile arm, as well, making jump passes and off-balance throws with ease, though he shows an uncanny knack for getting his feet under him while on the run and extending plays. He throws very well on the run, and dropping back into the pocket. He’s a very patient passer who makes excellent reads, and is definitely a pass-first quarterback, though, as a runner, he has great instincts, and has explosive speed and good burst.

His back-shoulder fades from 25+ yards out will evoke images of current Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who developed that throw over his first two years in college.

Already a very polished passer, Rogers is as deadly rolling to either side of the field, and stands up well in the pocket under pressure, stepping up and climbing to gain ground in the face of rushes. He plays in a system very similar to the Bear Raid, and shows a lot of comfort with the system already. He easily has some of the most impressive junior quarterback film I’ve seen in five years of covering recruiting.

West coast analyst Greg Biggins says that Rogers reminds him of a certain Carolina Panthers quarterback.

"Armani Rogers is intriguing, with his size, mobility and effortless release/arm strength, reminds of a young Cam Newton," Biggins says.


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