Rogers Willing to Wait

Iowa hosted players from around the country at junior day last weekend. The Hawkeyes also brought in a talented prospect in their own backyard. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Iowa City West product Charles Rogers to get the latest in his recruitment.

Charles Rogers is willing to wait for Iowa. As an in-state kid, he knows the Hawkeyes are deliberate in their evaluations.

"I've talked to a lot of people about Iowa," the Class of 2012 athlete said. "I know they seriously look at things and don't just hand out scholarships all over the place. They wait until guys are seniors before they get offers.

"If they offered, I'm not sure they'd be my favorite, but they'd be right up there. I've spent most of my life in Iowa. I know what the Hawkeyes mean in this state. They get the best out of their players and send guys to the NFL. I'm going to hang in there."

Rogers hails from Iowa City West High. He plays quarterback and defensive back.

Iowa State offered Rogers (6-foot-1, 182 pounds) a scholarship in June. He said the Cyclones, Iowa, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Nebraska have recruited him the hardest so far.

"I'm going to camp at USC, Oregon and Texas A&M this summer," Rogers said. "I talk with (Aggies) Coach (Nick) Toth a lot."

Rogers runs the 200 and 400 meters for the West track team. He reports his best 40-yard dash time as 4.5 seconds.

The versatile Rogers is being recruited at different positions by those pursuing him. Iowa State is looking at him at another position since offering him as a receiver.

"I talk to Coach (Courtney) Messingham a lot," Rogers said. "They recently re-evaluated it after seeing me throw the ball this season. Coach Messingham said I have a shot to play quarterback."

Rogers said he's not hung up on a favorite position. He wants to be able to choose what position he plays at a given school, however.

"If I went to Iowa, I'd want to play defense," Rogers said. "I love the defense they run and that's where they'd want me. Same with Nebraska. I'd like to be like Prince Amukamara."

Rogers has unofficially visited Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska. He's been to Iowa "a lot."

Rogers enjoyed his time at the Iowa junior day this past weekend. He talked individually with assistant coaches Reese Morgan, Erik Campbell, Phil Parker and Ken O'Keefe and along with head coach Kirk Ferentz.

"It was a lot like last year's junior day but there a lot more big-time prospects this year,' Rogers said.

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