Rogers favors two; WR ready to set visits

Two schools have emerged as favorites for Eli Rogers since the three-star Miami (FL) Northwestern wide receiver decommitted from Miami last month. Now that Rogers has satisfied NCAA Clearinghouse requirements he's ready to make a few visits before he makes a firm decision about his future.

Three-star Miami (FL) Northwestern receiver Eli Rogers re-opened his recruitment last month after making a verbal commitment to the Miami Hurricanes over the summer. Now, in addition to Randy Shannon's program, the 5'10, 170-pound Rogers is looking at LSU, Cincinnati, Louisville, UCF, and Oklahoma State.

The next step in the recruiting process for Rogers is to visit some of the schools on his list. Though he hasn't scheduled any visits yet, he's planning to do so in the near future. Rogers told that he'd like to check out the Cardinals before making a decision.

"I definitely want to get a visit scheduled with Louisville, but I don't have anything set at this point," Rogers told "I just completed my [NCAA] Clearinghouse so from here out any schools that want me to visit I can schedule them now. I couldn't schedule them before and that was the big hold up."

Has Rogers been keeping contact with the Louisville coaches?

"No, not really," Rogers said. "I've heard they were interested in me."

Why is Rogers interested in the Cardinals?

"I included them on my list because they throw the ball a lot," Rogers said. "Every receiver has an opportunity to make plays and they run a spread system with three receivers in the game. I like what I see from Louisville."

Two of Rogers' former Northwestern teammates – wide receiver Michaelee Harris and running back Corvin Lamb – signed with Louisville last year. Harris is taking a medical redshirt this season for Cardinals after injuring a knee in preseason camp, while Lamb failed to qualify academically to play this season.

"I've talked to Michaelee Harris and he said it's great up there," Rogers said. "He's hurt right now, but he would like me to be on the other side of him. But he's not putting any pressure on me. He told me Louisville is a fun school and a good place to play football."

Though the Cardinals have a connection to Rogers, and highly-rated teammate Teddy Bridgewater, through Harris and Lamb, LSU and Cincinnati appear to have the upper hand for the standout wide receiver.

"Cincinnati and LSU are hitting me hard and today I got call from Oklahoma State telling me they were very interested," Rogers said. "LSU and Cincinnati are my two top schools. They're interested in me and I'm looking at them hard. UCF, Miami and Louisville are also in the mix. We'll see how it goes."

Rogers said he's hoping to experience college outside of his hometown of Miami. He also said he and Bridgewater, a five-star quarterback who is committed to Miami but wants to 'look around,' are looking to attend the same college. Bridgewater reportedly has stated his intentions to visit LSU (Nov. 6) and Louisville.

"We're looking to go to the same school but if that doesn't happen it just doesn't happen," Rogers said. "But that's the plan."

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