At 6-0 and 175 pounds, Leetsdale (Pa.) Quaker Valley high school quarterback Darren Rogers possesses the skills necessary to be a D-1 quarterback, but his size may scare some suitors away. Rogers is versatile and can play a number of positions. It's his versatility, as an athlete, that will likely land him a college scholarship.
“I like playing quarterback, but I’ll do whatever it takes,” Rogers said. “Penn State, like many others like me as a DB/WR type of player.”
Penn State is one of several teams currently courting Rogers. Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Stanford, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Kentucky have all been showing similar interest. Rogers’ basketball prowess has kept him from attending any junior day events.
“We are (25-1) and still in the playoffs, we should go pretty far,” Rogers said. “I’ll probably try to make some trips after basketball, and before track.”
Rogers is currently working out twice a month with former University of Pittsburgh and NFL quarterback Pete Gonzalez. Gonzalez works out 5-6 young quarterbacks at either the Panthers UPMC practice facility or Moon high school. It is Gonzalez’ familiarity with the West Coast offense that also attracts Rogers to Stanford.
“I like the West Coast offense, I like the checks and the way’s you can change what’s happening,” Rogers said “Walt Harris coached Pete, and he’s at Stanford now.”
As a junior, Rogers threw for 366 yards and one touchdown. On defense he led his team in tackles, had two interceptions, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors, and PA Football News honorable mention all-state honors.
Rogers participated in the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas. This year he will attend an Elite 11 Regional tryout, the Nike Combine at Penn State, and the Metro-Index camp in Pittsburgh.
Rogers is currently favoring Penn State over the other schools pursuing him.