Holt (Mich.) High School offensive tackle Kenny Rogers had a bit of a dilemma. The two colleges that offered the lineman a scholarship were filling up their 2011 recruiting classes at a break-neck pace.
Both Central Michigan and Ball State had each already secured nine verbal commitments for next year.
As much as the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Rogers said he would've liked to wait for more offers, he knew when it comes to college recruiting, you have to know when to hold em,' when to fold em', and when to go all in.
On Monday Aug. 2, Rogers played his hand, betting his future on CMU.
"I liked that it was in the state of Michigan," Rogers said. "I wanted to stay in-state. It was far enough away from home, yet at the same time it was also very close. I really fit in tight with the coaching staff and players. I feel like the coaches are going to push me to be the best."
Rogers didn't earn his scholarship from the Chippewas based on a Youtube video. He earned it by dominating opposing players in front of the CMU coaches during their summer camps.
"I was recruited a little bit with the old coaching staff while Butch Jones was still around," Rogers said. "It stopped for a little bit. But I went to their camp on the 12th of July and another one, and I feel like I dominated. After all the camps were finished the coaching staff approached me and said I was the best lineman they had seen at camp and offered me a scholarship."
Rogers played strong tackle for the Holt Rams, a position which allows him to switch sides based on the formation. This is a position he would like to play in college.
"I actually like it a lot," Rogers said in reference to his versatility as a prep player. "I used to play ‘quick,' but I switched over to ‘strong.' You end up pulling more and I like the ability to matchup with a variety of players on the defense."
While Rogers was familiar with another Lansing area lineman who recently committed to CMU, Ramadan Ahmeti (Lansing Waverly), he had all but forgotten about incoming CMU freshman defensive end Mike Kinville, whose Detroit Catholic Central team knocked the Holt Rams out of the playoffs in 2009.
"I don't remember Mike," Rogers admitted, "but since we lost 31-0 in that game, he is probably a good player."
Growing up in the shadow of the Michigan State Spartans, there is one game on the horizon that Rogers is looking forward to playing as a member of the Chippewas.
"It's gonna feel awesome," Rogers exclaimed at the thought of CMU's 2012 home game against MSU. "That's just living the dream right there. I can't wait."
Rogers becomes the 10th verbal commitment overall and the second offensive lineman in the Chippewas' 2011 recruiting class.
Rogers Excited About Future at CMU
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