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Charles Rogers is one of the top players in Iowa for the Class of 2012. The Iowa City West High athlete gives us the latest on his recruitment and summer plans.

Charles Rogers is staying patient…for himself and his friends at Iowa City West High.

"If I commit too early, that could hurt the other players on my team," the Class of 2012 athlete said. "We have some real talent. I want to make sure when the scouts are looking at me that they get a chance to see them."

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Rogers holds an offer from Iowa State. He's receiving interest from Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and many smaller schools, like Northern Illinois, in the Midwest.

The evaluation process is somewhat on hold for Rogers. Most of his game film shows him playing quarterback. College programs see him as a defensive back.

Rogers will show his ability to play in the secondary at camps this summer and during his senior season, when he's expected to see more time in the back end.

Iowa State, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota plan on bringing in Rogers for camps this summer. If he performs well as a DB, he may see his offer list grow.

Rogers took spring unofficial visits to Nebraska, where he might camp, Iowa State, Minnesota and Michigan State. Cyclone assistant Courtney Messingham, who is working hard on securing a commitment from the Iowa City star, and Reese Morgan, an Iowa assistant, watched Rogers at the Drake Relays track and field meet last weekend.

"The biggest thing for me is trying to stay patient," Rogers said. "I don't want to jump the gun. I want to take my time evaluating programs and seeing what fits me best."

Iowa is taking it slow with the in-city talent.

"They're still involved, but I don't no where I'm at position wise in terms of getting a scholarship offer," Rogers said. "I think I'll have a better idea after I camp there. They want to see me a little as a wide receiver, but I think they'll mostly look at me as a defensive back. I think that's going to be my best position in college."

Rogers has developed a strong bond with two other in-state prospects for '12. He visited Michigan State with West Des Moines Dowling WR Amara Darboh and Cedar Falls RB Barkley Hill.

"I think it's pretty natural that we have become friends being some of the top prospects in the state," Rogers said. "I like those guys a lot. We all really had a good time at Michigan State. We spent a lot of time with the players and got to talk with Coach (Mark) Dantonio."

After track season, Rogers will turn his attention to football development.

"I'll take my unofficial visits and we have some 7-on-7 events as a team," he said. "I want to work out a lot with my teammates to develop a bond. We have a chance to do something special this season."

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