Brad Rogers, a power running back from Central Catholic high school in Toledo, Ohio has become the first member of Iowa's 2009 class. The 5-9, 230-pound running back had taken a visit to Iowa City during spring practice, but elected to wait just about a month, announcing his decision today, his father's birthday.
"I wanted to wait until my Dad's birthday," Rogers said. "It was actually his suggestion. I told him I wanted to commit in about a month, and it just so happened it was his birthday."
Rogers, who was seeing attention from several Big Ten Schools, said he felt really comfortable on his visit to Iowa City, and nearly committed on the spot.
"It was pretty much the whole program," Rogers said when asked about his reasons for picking Iowa. "The coaches, I liked the city when I was there, pretty much everything…. I'm basically looking for a college town. Everything down at Iowa, everywhere you go, it's Iowa."
Rogers spoke with Kirk Ferentz today, who was understandably excited about his commitment.
In his junior year, Rogers was off to a fast start through six games, but was hampered mid-season.
"I had 634 yards, 12 touchdowns (last year)," he said. "I sprained my ankle in the sixth game and only played defense for the last half of the year."
Central finished the year 8-3, losing to Piqua in the first round of the playoffs, Brad hopes to change that with a healthy senior season.
"I'm focused on leading my team to another city championship, and making a run in the playoffs this year."
This is Iowa's first known commitment of the 2009 class, committing quite early. Last year, James Ferentz was Iowa's only commitment during the month of April. Before that, you have to go back to Alex Kanellis' commitment to the 2005 class to find an earlier high school pledge.