Warren (OH) Harding standout Davion Rogers thought he had a pretty good idea of what expect on his Michigan visit, but once he actually arrived in Ann Arbor it didn't take long for him to realize that it would surpass his every expectation.
"They had me eat, eat, and keep on eating, man. Then toured the campus, met some of the players and got with them – my host and all that. Mike Cox… that's my dude. He was my host. I met (Roy) Roundtree that's a cool dude too. Brandin Hawthorne… Denard Robinson. Last night, we were with the Florida boys, on Friday I was with Cox. I just had a good time."
That quick rapport with Michigan's players was one of the primary reasons behind Rogers' decision to rescind his West Virginia commitment so he could instead Go Blue.
"I just committed to Michigan verbally," Rogers said a little after noon today. "Just the people man, the alumni, the atmosphere, and the environment, they've got all of the good facilities... the best of the best. It's just the place to be."
"(D.J. Williamson) being there is a plus always," he continued. "(Michigan) is just the place I feel the most comfortable."
Physically similar to Shawn Crable the Wolverines plan to use Rogers in much the same way the former Michigan standout. That said, in order to give the new commitment a clearer picture of how he will be utilized they compared him to a Wolverine he might be a little more familiar with.
"They want to use me as a Brandon Graham type dude," Rogers explained. "I'm going to play standpoint D-lineman. They want me rushing. They said they wanted me to do what I'm best at – rush off the edge and drop into coverage. My height is 6'7" and my weight is 205. I'm getting up now though. I'm going back and lifting today as a matter of fact. Then my 40 time is 4.5. My best time was a 4.5, but it would probably average to be a 4.6."
Those measurables belie Rogers three-star rating from Scout.com and he insists his performance on the football field does the same.
"I ain't ever been the biggest dude as far as weight wise, so they might sleep on me because of that, he said. "I'm just a competitor – I want to be the best. I'm going to do whatever I've got to do to do that. I've never sat the bench. I don't really care if they slouching on me or slacking on me."
According to Rogers, another under-the radar Ohioan may be on the verge of joining him in the winged helmet.
"They had another linebacker in there, Jake Ryan from (Cleveland) St. Ignatius," said Rogers. "He's cool. Me and him got cool off this visit. He wants a Michigan offer; he said they hadn't offered him yet, but I think they will. (Edt. Note: The Wolverines offered Ryan subsequent to this interview). He'll hop on it, as soon as he gets it."
With his own recruitment now out of the way, Rogers plans to focus on preparing his body so he can be ready for whatever is asked of him when he reaches Ann Arbor.
"I'm just going to be lifting and getting big," he stated. "I was thinking of running track this year to get my speed and agility right for when I come out and to just stay in shape for the most part. I'm going to work hard."