Charles Rogers has learned to lean heavily on his grandfather. That helped on Thursday when he failed to receive a desired scholarship offer from in-town Iowa. The Iowa City West High athlete waited almost two weeks since camping with the Hawkeyes for them to review tape on their defensive back prospects.
"My grandfather keeps telling me not to worry about it," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect said. "He said if Iowa offers, they offer. If not, I have a lot of great opportunities.
"Really, I'm not going to decide until during my season or after it, so it's not that big of a deal that they offer now. Them not offering is not that bad because I don't want to make a decision too quick and make the wrong move. If they end up coming in with an offer before I make my decision, then they do."
Iowa didn't invite Rogers to its elite camp. They did bring in Chicago's Maurice Fleming for the elite event, offered him and netted a verbal from the cornerback on Thursday.
The Hawkeyes looked at Rogers as a cornerback, the same spot Minnesota and Michigan State see him. The Cyclones said they'd give him a chance at quarterback, which he's mostly played in high school. He's scheduled a camp at Michigan State in the middle of July.
"I remember going to their junior day and going into a defensive backs meeting with Coach (Harlon) Barnett," Rogers said of the Spartans. "He said they don't play favorites and if you can play you'll be on the field. Michigan State is looking pretty good. I just have to go to camp and perform. If I can pull out an offer from there, I'll just keep going."
Despite not getting an Iowa offer, he received positive feedback from his camp performance from assistant Reese Morgan.
"He said they met (Wednesday) to talk about all the kids they had in camp," Rogers said. "He said all the coaches really liked me. I did really well at the camp.
"He told me I was a scholarship player for the Hawkeyes but that it's up to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. He said just wait until fall when the football season starts or sometime during it."
Rogers doesn't think his lack of high school tape playing cornerback has hurt is chances. He also said that his academics were in order.
"Coach Morgan and the other coaches said that I did well at camp," Rogers said. "At camp, I played corner the whole time. If they wanted to see me at corner, they already saw me work out at it at camp. They liked it."
Rogers said he will focus his attention on winning a state championship and building relationships with the schools that have offered him a scholarship.
"That's going to be pretty vital," he said. "I'm going to sit down once or twice a week and talk to my grandfather about the schools that have offered me. I'll work my way to a decision by the end of the fall."