Top PA DL Weighs U-M, Other Spring Visits

I talked Saturday to Western Pa. defensive lineman Chris Rogers. He's made several spring visits now, including to Michigan and Penn State. Have other schools caught up to Michigan for him?

I caught up late Saturday with defensive lineman Chris Rogers (6-3, 240 lbs., 4.73 in the 40 {at OSU's camp last summer}, 340-lb. bench press, 3.3 GPA/950 SAT) from Wexford, Pa., North Allegheny (in Western Pa.).

You were at Michigan last week for a spring practice?

"My parents and I went up to Michigan last Wednesday (Apr. 9). Our plan was to watch practice, get a tour of campus, and meet with the coaches. On Thursday had our visit. We got a campus tour and met with academic people, then we had lunch with Coach Loeffler and Coach Sheridan, and we talked to Coach Carr. Then we watched practice for a while, then went into to the Big House, and came back and watched them finish practice."

You've visited several colleges now, including Penn State, Pitt, Virginia and Kentucky (note: all have offered him, plus Purdue and Iowa). How would you compare them?

"Michigan has my highest interest, then Penn State. I've been to Michigan twice now (he was also there for the OSU basketball game, at which time Coach Carr offered him a scholarship), and Penn State once. I like Michigan because of the people there, and the atmosphere there. There's also the Michigan program, the history of the football team. Those are the biggest things. If you look at recent history -- Michigan has the better package. Penn State is a close second for me, then Pitt."

Are you attending any Nike or summer camps?

"I don't think I'm going to any Nike Camps. I have prior plans for that weekend. As far as summer camps, Michigan will be my first camp. Then probably Pitt (I may go to two camps there), and Penn State."

Do you plan to make an early decision?

"Yeah ... I want to make a verbal commitment by July this summer."

As a junior Rogers made 75 tackles and eight sacks; as a tight-end he caught 19 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns.

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