After netting a commitment from Warren (Mich.) De La Salle prospects in back to back classes, the Michigan Wolverines are zeroing in on another rising talent from the school in Eric Rogers. Last year, Rogers recorded 67 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions as a sophomore middle linebacker.
"My offseason has been great," said Rogers. "Preparation has been really good… I've just been working on my speed and learning the game, all of that stuff coming up to the season."
Rogers, who is the younger brother of former Michigan cornerback James Rogers, is the latest Pilot to receive attention from the Wolverines.
"I've camped for Michigan and Michigan State," said Rogers. "The Michigan camp went really well. That was probably my best camp performance. I really felt like I caught the coaches' eyes because I did really well in my 1-on-1s, and showed good footwork. I felt really confident at the Michigan camp."
So far in his recruitment, Rogers has kept in close contact with both the Wolverines and the Spartans. Rogers took an unofficial to each school last year.
"The Michigan State visit really impressed me," said Rogers. "The atmosphere around Michigan State, the hype around there and the football facilities, and just the coaching staff they really caught my eye. It was a really good experience meeting all the coaches, seeing the tailgating, and all the hype. It was a really good atmosphere.
"Then taking my visit up to Michigan, it felt like home because I had an older brother who played at Michigan so I used to be up there every Saturday. It's all the tradition, walking through the tunnel, it all just felt really good -- like I was back there."
One factor that plays in Michigan's favor is the relationship that Rogers has built with the Wolverine coaching staff. One coach in particular stands out.
"I really liked the Michigan coaches," said Rogers. "They teach and they try to get to know you as a player. I really connected with the Michigan coaches. Coach Mattison, I really like him."
While the two in-state programs are the only schools to host Rogers thus far in his recruitment, he is still receiving attention from a litany of schools across the country.
He says he has received phone calls and letters from Michigan State, Michigan, Florida State, Auburn, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Toledo, Akron, Kent State, Tennessee State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green, Penn State and Buffalo. Although Michigan and Michigan State may be the perceived leaders at this stage, Rogers insists that is not the case. Instead, he cites an urge to see what the rest of the country has to offer.
"I want to try to get away from home," said Rogers. "I want to get out of the state. I primarily want to go to a southern school, but anywhere that I can get away from home and get the college experience, that'd be great."
Before his junior season begins, Rogers plans to make a few more stops on the camp circuit. His exact camp locations, however, are yet to be determined.
"I plan to camp somewhere southern," said Rogers. "I haven't made my full decision. In July I might touch, Florida State, Auburn or South Carolina. One of those three. I'm really trying to catch the eye of these coaches and show them what I can do."