Rodgers Names U-M to Top 3 List

Thanks in part to a breakout performance on the camp circuit this offseason, 2017 DE Will Rodgers is one name to watch moving forward -- and he has already drawn the Wolverines’ attention.

approaching, Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur-Hill athlete Will Rodgers has been logging some serious miles on the road this offseason.

As a dual-sport athlete, Rodgers has been competing in both basketball and football tournaments to continue building on what he had accomplished during each respective sports’ regular season. Rodgers is billed as one of the state’s top football prospects in the class of 2017.

“Offseason has been going real good,” said Rodgers. “I’ve been traveling a lot with AAU basketball and also some football camps too, so it’s been real busy.”

Last year, Rodgers helped push Arthur Hill to a 4-5 record. This season Rodgers has his sights set much higher as he states his goals for 2014.

“My goal every year is to win the state championship whether its football or basketball,” said Rodgers. “ My personal goals are to get better and not to let my team down. I want to be the best player I can be and to work on my ability.”

With a focus of improving upon his game, Rodgers has attended several one-day football camps this summer, participating at defensive end on each stop along the way.

“I went to Tennessee’s camp,” said Rodgers. “I went to SoundMindSoundBody. I went to Michigan. State and I was supposed to go to Michigan, but I didn’t make it [back from Tennessee] in time.

“At Tennessee I camped at defensive end. I would say most schools are looking at me there. Most schools are recruiting me at defensive end because that’s where I go to most camps at and get the most exposure at, but I actually think I can play receiver or tight end at a high college level if needed.

Because Rodgers is in the early stages of his recruitment, the attention he has received from Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State has gone a long ways in his mind. So much so that he is comfortable selecting those three schools to his current top three.

“Yeah, they are the tops,” said Rodgers.

Within that top group, Michigan is one school that may possess an inside track on Rodgers’ recruitment due to a familiarity with his primary recruiter from the Wolverines, cornerback coach Roy Manning.

After spending time at Michigan earlier this year, Rodgers has identified several factors about the Maize and Blue that appeal to him as a recruit.

“They are definitely one of my top three schools,” said Rodgers. “I really like Michigan and coach Roy Manning. He’s from Saginaw. There are a lot of coaches that I like and the facilities are great too. Things didn’t go so great a season ago, but I think they are definitely a college I could see myself going to.”

Due Michigan’s close proximity to his hometown of Saginaw, Rodgers has a well-developed understanding of the Wolverines program. Now that Rodgers has attended camp at Tennessee, he has a much better grasp on what the Volunteers have to offer as well.

“It was my first time visiting Tennessee,” said Rodgers. “I really like the coaching staff there. I like the facilities because they’re real nice. The campus is nice, I had fun during the drills with the coaches and I had a good time.

“I could tell they didn’t want us to just go through it. They showed us and made sure we were doing it correctly and if you weren’t doing something right, they would definitely tell you.”

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